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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For the April issue, models Halima Aden, Ikram Abdi Omar, and Amina Adan were photographed by the wildly talented Txema Yeste and styled by Vogue Arabia fashion director, Katie Trotter. Scarlett Newman, Allure, "Vogue Arabia Makes History, Puts Three Black Hijabi Models on the Cover," 29 Mar. 2019 The store's director of operations, Elizabeth Brady, told Fox News that two regular customers were interested in the two pieces and paid full price—$1,000—but the couple didn't actually believe that the pieces were haunted, either. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "A Thrift Store Had to Warn Customers That a Certain Piece of Furniture Was Haunted," 20 Mar. 2019 Delevingne had fronted campaigns for both Chanel and Fendi (Lagerfield was also creative director of Fendi) and was very close to the legendary designer. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson Share a Rare PDA Moment on Instagram," 6 Mar. 2019 Catherine Gauthier, executive director of ENvironnement Jeunesse and the representative plaintiff in the case, tells Teen Vogue. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "5 Youth-Led Climate Justice Groups Helping to Save the Environment," 28 Mar. 2019 Jennette Kruszka, director of marketing and PR for Kleinfeld's, says that previously, the VIP dressing rooms were simple and functional, decorated with solid colors and few accessories—as to keep the focus on the bride. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Wayfair Registry Teamed up with Kleinfeld Bridal to Revamp Two of the VIP Dressing Rooms," 19 Feb. 2019 The board laid off its approximately 20 employees — including relatively new artistic director Kate Whoriskey. Brendan Kiley, The Seattle Times, "Intiman and ACT theaters finally debt-free after years of belt-tightening and generosity from others," 22 Jan. 2019 During its fourth-quarter results call, Yelp outlined several significant business changes made at the apparent behest of SQN, including the addition of three new independent directors to its board. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Yelp Evades Fire but Isn’t Bulletproof," 7 Mar. 2019 The host of the evening was Nicole Berry, the Armory Show’s executive director. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "The Armory Show’s Collectors Dinner Gathered the Art World's Most Influential," 6 Mar. 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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