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directory

adjective di·rec·to·ry \ də-ˈrek-t(ə-)rē , dī- \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of directory

: serving to direct; specifically : providing advisory but not compulsory guidance

First Known Use of directory

15th century


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directory

noun

Definition of directory

plural directories
1 a : a book or collection of directions, rules, or ordinances
b : an alphabetical or classified list (as of names and addresses)
2 : a body of directors
3 : folder 3b

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Origin and Etymology of directory

Middle English directorie guide, from Medieval Latin directorium, from neuter of Late Latin directorius directorial, from Latin dirigere



DIRECTORY Defined for English Language Learners

directory

noun

Definition of directory for English Language Learners

  • : a book that contains an alphabetical list of names of people, businesses, etc.


DIRECTORY Defined for Kids

directory

noun di·rec·to·ry \ də-ˈrek-tə-rē , dī- \

Definition of directory for Students

plural directories
: a book containing an alphabetical list of names, addresses, and telephone numbers


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