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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an applicant with a number of directorial positions on his résumé
Recent Examples on the Web There’s a trick at the core of Promising Young Woman, a ravishing, lethal revenge thriller starring Carey Mulligan that marks the directorial debut of the writer and actor Emerald Fennell. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Promising Young Woman," 28 Dec. 2020 With admirable subtlety, Lee, who made his directorial debut in 2017 with God’s Own Country, charts a course for Mary and Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan), the frail wife of a boorish amateur archeologist who has herself recently lost a child. Shannon Pufahl, The New York Review of Books, "The Look of Lesbian Love," 28 Dec. 2020 Indeed, there’s not a single frame of her directorial debut that could be described as run-of-the-mill. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emerald Fennell Breaks Down That Promising Young Woman Ending," 28 Dec. 2020 Emerald Fennell—best known as Camilla Parker Bowles on seasons three and four of The Crown, as well as the showrunner on season two of Killing Eve—makes her directorial debut with Promising Young Woman, out December 25. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Emerald Fennell Hadn't Seen a True Female Revenge Film—So She Made Promising Young Woman," 24 Dec. 2020 McQueen, though best known to American audiences for his Oscar-winning Twelve Years a Slave (2013), actually made his directorial debut with Hunger (2008), a film about the 1981 IRA hunger strike, starring the Irish actor Michael Fassbender. Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic, "Steve McQueen and the Art of Gathering," 16 Dec. 2020 Robin Wright's directorial debut, Questlove's first film and a Rita Moreno documentary are among diverse offerings hitting the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Sundance Film Festival: 2021 goes virtual with robust program, diverse offerings," 16 Dec. 2020 The Intervention, and Happiest Season is her studio directorial debut. Kim Wong-shing, Glamour, "Happiest Season Is a Feel-Good Christmas Movie the Whole Family Can Enjoy—And That’s the Point," 24 Nov. 2020 Nora Ephron was already a famous writer, known for her work on such films as When Harry Met Sally and Heartburn, when her directorial debut came out in 1992. David Sims, The Atlantic, "20 of the Best Films About Family for the Holidays," 21 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of directorial

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Directorial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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