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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web British Airways’ chief operating officer and its director of people are leaving the carrier after last year’s tense standoff with pilots, which led to the airline’s first strike in decades. Benjamin Katz, WSJ, "British Airways Operating Chief and Its Director of People to Leave Carrier," 16 Feb. 2020 Darnell Brown, the city’s chief operating officer, and Freddy Collier, its planning director, disputed the criticisms in an interview Wednesday. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Critics say Cleveland can do better on Complete and Green Streets, bike lanes," 16 Feb. 2020 After his playing career, Conway made his biggest impact in the state, becoming the director of coaching for the Oregon Youth Soccer Association. oregonlive, "Jimmy Conway, Portland Timbers legend who helped shape soccer in Oregon, dies at 73 after battling dementia," 15 Feb. 2020 The French-Polish director is still wanted in the U.S. for the statutory rape of a minor but has benefited from France’s general complacency toward male artists and the commitment to separating the art from the artist. Ibtissem Guenfoud, ABC News, "French 'Oscars' Academy board resigns amid gender controversies," 14 Feb. 2020 The scandal grew in late 2017 when a series of videos of statements of former Odebrecht executives were released, including its former Mexico director, Luis de Meneses. Washington Post, "Spanish police arrest former oil executive sought by Mexico," 13 Feb. 2020 In the film, which is being helmed by the original director Joe Johnston, Moranis will presumably reprise his role as Wayne Szalinski. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "There Were 646,152 Things to Watch on TV Last Year," 13 Feb. 2020 The dramatic growth in assurance and sophistication by the Dallas Chamber Symphony and its artistic director, Richard McKay, certainly were on display in an enjoyable Tuesday night concert at Moody Performance Hall. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Serenades suave and spirited from the Dallas Chamber Symphony," 12 Feb. 2020 The culinary director is a fella who used to work at Union, our fave Pasadena Italian spot, and has taken Farm Viability classes at Stone Barns, the best farm restaurant in the world. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, "A Penguin Love-Fest, a Locavore Feast, and More Things to See and Do in the West This Valentine’s Day," 10 Feb. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Director.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce director (audio)

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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