di·​rec·​to·​ri·​al | \ də-ˌrek-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce directorial (audio) , (ˌ)dī- \

Definition of directorial

1 : serving to direct
2 : of or relating to a director or to theatrical or motion-picture direction
3 : of, relating to, or administered by a directory

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Examples of directorial in a Sentence

an applicant with a number of directorial positions on his résumé
Recent Examples on the Web The Real Deal: Dave Filoni’s presence on The Mandalorian—going so far as to make his live-action directorial debut on the first episode—wasn’t accidental, of course. Wired, "Cantina Talk: There Might Be a New Star Wars Holiday Special," 18 Nov. 2019 Kristen will also make money from her feature film directorial debut. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Kristen Stewart's Net Worth Continues to Rise Now That She's In the Charlie's Angel's Reboot," 15 Nov. 2019 The result is The Report, Burns’s feature directorial debut. Todd S. Purdum, The Atlantic, "The Government Report That Got Turned Into a Hollywood Movie," 13 Nov. 2019 The adorable couple first met while filming The Place Beyond the Pines, and later collaborated on Gosling's directorial debut, Lost River. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Eva Mendes on Working with Ryan Gosling Again Now that She's a Mom," 10 Nov. 2019 The 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Animal Kingdom’ star are joining Michael Caine in Lina Roessler’s directorial debut. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "AFM: Aubrey Plaza, Scott Speedman Bound for 'Bestsellers'," 8 Nov. 2019 The play will be directed by actor and Tony-winner John Benjamin Hickey (The Good Wife), in what will be his Broadway directorial debut. Ale Russian,, "First Look! Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick Star on Broadway's Plaza Suite," 7 Nov. 2019 Channing Tatum is set to make his directorial debut. al, "Channing Tatum to make directorial debut in comedy film ‘Dog’," 6 Nov. 2019 Natasha Darius makes her directorial debut with assistance from Jonathan Demers. Denise Coffey,, "'Deathtrap’ Opens At The Bradley Playhouse," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of directorial

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Nov 2019

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“Directorial.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of directorial

: of or relating to a director and especially to the director of a play, movie, etc.

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