di·​rec·​tor | \ də-ˈrek-tər How to pronounce director (audio) , dī- \

Definition of director

: one who directs: such as
a : the head of an organized group or administrative unit (such as a bureau or school) director of religious education a communications director
b : one of a group of persons entrusted with the overall direction of a corporate enterprise on the board of directors for a large corporation
c : a person who supervises the production of a show (as for stage or screen) usually with responsibility for action, lighting, music, and rehearsals a famous Hollywood director
d music : conductor sense c

Other Words from director

directorship \ də-​ˈrek-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce director (audio) , dī-​ \ noun

Examples of director in a Sentence

The company will hire a new director of marketing. She's the director of graduate studies at the university. She's considered one of the best young directors in Hollywood.
Recent Examples on the Web The director and sculptor also appeared in other films and television series including Never Too Young, Lassie and The Love Boat. Alexandra Schonfeld,, 6 May 2022 The actor and director has been public about previous health struggles. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 6 May 2022 Kingmaker won three awards, including best actor, best director and best supporting actor. Joan Macdonald, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Theoharides first joined the Baker administration in 2016 as director of climate and global warming solutions at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Globe Staff,, 6 May 2022 Tucker, an award-winning film director and Little Rock native, discusses the state of the filmmaking industry in Arkansas. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, 6 May 2022 Chopard’s artistic director and co-president Caroline Scheufele opted to revisit designs for the Palme d’Or to mark the occassion and in doing so, studded two leaves with diamonds from suppliers certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 May 2022 Laurie Hays, a former executive editor at the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News, is the founder and managing director of Laurie Hays Advisors, a communications firm focused on social purpose, reputation, and crisis situations. Laurie Hays, Fortune, 6 May 2022 Elliot Levin is research director and Oregon legislative advocate for PROTEC17, a union representing about 850 city workers. oregonlive, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of director

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for director

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10 May 2022

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“Director.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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di·​rec·​tor | \ də-ˈrek-tər How to pronounce director (audio) , dī- \

Kids Definition of director

1 : a person who manages something a day care director
2 : a person in charge of making a movie or play


di·​rec·​tor | \ də-ˈrek-tər, dī- How to pronounce director (audio) \

Medical Definition of director

: an instrument grooved to guide and limit the motion of a surgical knife



Legal Definition of director

1 : the head of an organized group or administrative unit or agency
2 : any of a group of persons usually elected by shareholders and entrusted with the overall control of a corporation

Note: Directors owe a fiduciary duty to the shareholders in the exercise of their powers. Directors have the power to appoint and dismiss officers, declare and pay dividends on stock, initiate major corporate actions such as mergers or dissolution, and determine other matters affecting the corporation.

Other Words from director

directorship noun

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