di·​rec·​to·​ri·​al də-ˌrek-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce directorial (audio)
: serving to direct
: of or relating to a director or to theatrical or motion-picture direction
: of, relating to, or administered by a directory

Examples of directorial in a Sentence

an applicant with a number of directorial positions on his résumé
Recent Examples on the Web Focus has set The American Society of Magical Negroes, the directorial debut from Kobi Libii, for a March 22, 2024 release. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Nov. 2023 During the same year as her last season on The Crown, the actress launched her 2020 directorial debut, Promising Young Woman, which earned her an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay — becoming the first woman to win in the category. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2023 Series star and executive producer Cierra Ramirez will make her directorial debut in an upcoming episode. Valerie Wu, Variety, 7 Nov. 2023 So does Oppenheimer, sure, but while Wolfe keeps things moving at an entertaining clip, the lack of directorial fireworks will likely hold him back. Vulture, 3 Nov. 2023 The 40-year-old Brown, who has directed music videos and commercials, makes his feature directorial debut with Your Lucky Day. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 2 Nov. 2023 Directed by David Leitch, who also brought us the glorious John Wick (his uncredited directorial debut with Chad Stahelski), the film is a loose adaptation of the popular 1980s TV series of the same name starring Lee Majors. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 Nov. 2023 The biggest titles to sell out of TIFF did not sign IAs, including Richard Linklater’s Hitman and Anna Kendrick’s directorial debut Woman of the Hour, which both landed eight-figure deals with Netflix. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Nov. 2023 Her directorial debut has been an especially rewarding endeavor, one that offers insight into her capabilities. Marcia Luttrell, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of directorial was in 1770

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“Directorial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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