di·rec·tor | \ də-ˈrek-tər , 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

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Other words from director

directorship \-ˌship \ 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.
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Chloé Perrin, creative director of Perrin Paris, seconds the idea of shadows that add depth and character. Vogue, "Why French Girls Skip Concealer—and Swear by the Surprising Charm of Under-Eye Circles," 14 July 2018 Mark DeVoe, director of Planning and Economic Development, said via email. Bill Leukhardt, Courant Community, "Plainville Asks Residents For Ideas On Updating Master Plan Of Devopment," 14 July 2018 Abloh, who was recently named artistic director of Louis Vuitton, surely lent some of his designer edge to the stylish compositions. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Boys Noize & Virgil Abloh Drop 3-Track Industrial 'Orvnge' EP: Listen," 13 July 2018 Non-lethal measures have the best long-term results for farmers, said Lee Humberg, state director of Wildlife Services with the USDA. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Black vultures are eating cows alive. But it's difficult to legally kill the birds.," 13 July 2018 That note of alarm sounded by Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, came on the same day that 12 Russian agents were indicted on charges of hacking the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Julian E. Barnes, New York Times, "‘Warning Lights Are Blinking Red,’ Top Intelligence Officer Says of Russian Attacks," 13 July 2018 The main speaker at the dedication, Dr. Hugh L.Dryden, director of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, praised General Dynamics for building the Astronautics plant., "July 13, 1958: Thousands tour new Convair plant on Kearny Mesa," 13 July 2018 The journal called for systematic study of the accolades Mr Xi had earned—a School of Sycophantology, as David Bandurski, co-director of the China Media Project at the University of Hong Kong, puts it. The Economist, "In its trade war with America, China dials down the hype," 12 July 2018 Barcelona's director of football Eric Abidal has refused to comment on rumours of the Catalan club making a move for Chelsea and Belgium star Eden Hazard., "Barcelona Director Eric Abidal Refuses to Comment on Potential Move for Chelsea Star Eden Hazard," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of director

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for director

see direct entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of director

: a person who manages an organized group of people or a part of an organization (such as a school or business)

: one of a group of managers who control a company or corporation

: a person who directs a play, movie, etc.


di·rec·tor | \ də-ˈrek-tər , 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- \

Medical Definition of director 

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

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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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