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 directorship (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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June brought the resignation of the respected director of the state development bank, Joaquim Levy, and leaks that embarrassed the justice minister, Sérgio Moro. The Economist, "Despite turmoil, Brazil is starting to fix its pension system," 22 June 2019 Jeremy Bailenson, a Stanford professor and founding director of the university’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, stands beside me. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "The Fall and Rise of VR: The Struggle to Make Virtual Reality Get Real," 20 June 2019 Fashion designer and creative director of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, has died. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Gigi Hadid, Pharrell and more celebs honor Karl Lagerfeld at star-studded memorial event," 20 June 2019 Maier, who is German and French, is the managing director of Speyside Equity, a private equity firm based out of New York City. Dave Quinn,, "RHONJ's Danielle Staub and Her Fiancé File for Temporary Restraining Order Against His Ex," 20 June 2019 For Kim, the visit provides an important propaganda opportunity, said Laura Rosenberger, a former US diplomat and current director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Xi heads to North Korea as fate of US nuclear deal still up in the air," 19 June 2019 The other was Holly Marcario, the spouse of Robert Marcario, who at the time was the N.R.A.’s director of membership. Mike Spies, The New Yorker, "The N.R.A.’s Longtime C.F.O. Was Caught Embezzling Before Joining the Organization, Former Colleagues Say," 19 June 2019 This year’s juror, LouAnne Greenwald, is the executive director of the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Sarah Bonnette,, "Artscape: Movie poster pop-up coming to St. Tammany Art Association," 19 June 2019 Before going into politics, Javid worked as a managing director at Deutsche Bank and reportedly made £20 million (around $25 million) during that part of his career. Alexander Smith, NBC News, "Boris Johnson's to lose: Race for next U.K. leader nears the endgame," 18 June 2019

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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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The first known use of director was in the 15th century

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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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to take the place or position of

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