director's chair


: a lightweight folding armchair with a back and seat usually of cotton duck

Illustration of director's chair

Illustration of director's chair

Examples of director's chair in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bradley Cooper returns to the director's chair for — and pulls double duty as the star of — Maestro, about the complicated personal life of famed composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. Gerrad Hall,, 18 Dec. 2023 Barry Jenkins will be sitting in the director's chair for the new sequel, while The Lion King live-action writer, Jeff Nathanson, will write the script, according to Deadline. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, 14 June 2023 On Thursday, Paramount Global Content Distribution exclusively shared the trailer for 50-year-old Duhamel's new movie Buddy Games: Spring Awakening with PEOPLE, showcasing the actor-turned-filmmaker's second turn in the director's chair. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 27 Apr. 2023 Johnny Depp is making his return to the director's chair for the first time in 25 years. Naledi Ushe, USA TODAY, 16 Aug. 2022 Demi Lovato is stepping into the director's chair for the first time ever. Alexis Jones, Peoplemag, 16 Mar. 2023 Grint shared an adorable snap of the toddler sitting in a mini director's chair on Instagram. Emily St. Martin, Peoplemag, 11 Jan. 2023 Madge is no stranger to the director's chair. ELLE, 3 July 2022 Steven Soderbergh is returning to the director's chair for the third and final installment of the franchise, while Reid Carolin, who penned the first two films, is returning as screenwriter. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


from its use by motion-picture directors on the set

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of director's chair was in 1953

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“Director's chair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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