di·​rec·​to·​ri·​al | \ də-ˌrek-ˈtȯr-ē-əl , (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

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Cooper's directorial debut is nominated for five BAFTAs, including Best Direction. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper Slay in Matching Suits at the BAFTAs 2019," 10 Feb. 2019 The Hollywood Reporter reports that Hannah Marks will take the directorial reigns on the upcoming Fox 2000 film, which will be produced by Green, Rosianna Halse Rojas, Isaac Klausner and Marty Bowen. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Hannah Marks to Direct Film Adaptation of John Green's "Turtles All the Way Down"," 13 Jan. 2019 Overlord is an impressive directorial statement from a confident filmmaker who can handle dynamic action sequences and ratchet up tension like an action and horror veteran. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Overlord is a gloriously entertaining piece of B-movie schlock," 9 Nov. 2018 Brown’s long career at MGM came with a price—a reputation as a company man that did him no favors with critics who established directorial hierarchies. Scott Eyman, WSJ, "‘Clarence Brown’ Review: More Than a Company Man," 19 Oct. 2018 The show’s directorial crew includes esteemed Emmy nominees and winners like Alik Sakharov and Phil Abraham and Bateman himself. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Ozark’s muddy season 2, explained in 11 incomprehensible screenshots," 1 Sep. 2018 While the horror genre is already well-suited to tackling cultural and social anxieties, no movie in recent memory has done so with more surgical precision — or scares and laughs — than Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The new horror film canon (and where to stream it)," 1 Nov. 2018 This is the second success for the screenwriting, film-directing sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska, after their directorial debut Dead Hooker in a Trunk. Ashley Nkadi, Teen Vogue, "15 Scary Movies Directed by Women Perfect for Halloween," 30 Oct. 2018 In this, his feature directorial debut, Möller makes a whole lot out of very little: a whole lot of dramatic forcefulness out of the most simple and basic of elements, a solitary man struggling to do the right thing. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘The Guilty’: Abduction drama focuses on one cop — and one riveting performance," 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of directorial

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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