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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Original writer and director Rian Johnson will return for the sequels, as will Daniel Craig as detective Benoit Blanc. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Two New "Knives Out" Sequels Are Heading to Netflix," 1 Apr. 2021 IndyStar news and investigations director Alvie Lindsay said the victory represented a win for Hoosiers who believe that government business should be done in public. Johnny Magdaleno, The Indianapolis Star, "Ex-Attorney General Curtis Hill broke Indiana public records law, judge rules," 1 Apr. 2021 In 25 years the Travis Roy Foundation has raised $20.4 million, according to director Lisa Kielt., "Breweries team up for a Travis Roy tribute beer," 1 Apr. 2021 Christine Tran, general manager and wine director at Hinoki and the Bird restaurant in Century City, is one of the sommeliers in Norman’s network and a frequent participant in the virtual wine tastings. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "How a group of sommeliers saved this Los Angeles restaurant," 31 Mar. 2021 Bringing outside exhibitions isn’t Glenstone’s usual practice, says museum director Emily Wei Rales. Washington Post, "Faith Ringgold is an artist, an activist and a prophet. But that’s only scratching the surface.," 31 Mar. 2021 Issues of marginalization and fetishization are even worse for transgender Asian performers like Venus Lux, a performer, producer, writer, and director who has been in the industry for more than a decade. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, "Asian Porn Performers Are Sick of Being Fetishized in Racist Roles," 31 Mar. 2021 For her virtual concerts Warwick will offer a simple presentation with music director Rob Shrock on piano. Gary Graff, cleveland, "A Rock Hall nominee at 80: Dionne Warwick talks nomination, music, online Easter concerts & more," 31 Mar. 2021 Paolo Petralia, the director general of the Lavagna hospital in Chiavari, the site of another outbreak this month, said 90 percent of his doctors were vaccinated, along with about 80 percent of nurses and aides. New York Times, "Italy Pushes Back as Health Care Workers Shun Covid Vaccines," 31 Mar. 2021

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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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“Director.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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 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

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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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