di·​rec·​tor | \ də-ˈrek-tər How to pronounce director (audio) , dī-\

Definition of director

: one who directs: such as
a : the head of an organized group or administrative unit (such as a bureau or school) director of religious education a communications director
b : one of a group of persons entrusted with the overall direction of a corporate enterprise on the board of directors for a large corporation
c : a person who supervises the production of a show (as for stage or screen) usually with responsibility for action, lighting, music, and rehearsals a famous Hollywood director
d music : conductor sense c

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Other Words from director

directorship \ də-​ˈrek-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce directorship (audio) , dī-​ \ noun

Examples of director in a Sentence

The company will hire a new director of marketing. She's the director of graduate studies at the university. She's considered one of the best young directors in Hollywood.
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That left the French side's sporting director, Leonardo, demanding La Blaugrana stump up the requisite fee, with failure to do so making a transfer impossible., "Neymar: Rumoured Transfer 'Almost Discarded' as Barcelona Admit Defeat in Pursuit of PSG Star," 31 Aug. 2019 In addition, Kent Lacob, the younger son of owner Joe Lacob, was promoted from general manager of the Santa Cruz Warriors to the Warriors’ director of team development. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Zaza Pachulia returns to Warriors organization," 29 Aug. 2019 In the meantime, Batelle is still deciding who will become NEON’s scientific director, replacing Sharon Collinge, who resigned early this year in protest of how Battelle was treating its scientific staff. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "NSF’s huge ecological observatory is open for business. But tensions remain," 29 Aug. 2019 From the Archive is a weekly column by Bill Van Niekerken, the library director of The Chronicle, exploring the depths of the newspaper’s archive. Bill Van Niekerken,, "Remembering Emeryville’s mudflat art — and why the mud won out," 28 Aug. 2019 The director of the National Hurricane Center, Kenneth Graham, said Tuesday in an interview on WSVN-Ch. Tonya Alanez,, "Tropical Storm Dorian bearing down on Puerto Rico," 28 Aug. 2019 According to the school, the fall 2019 class will cover such films as McConaughey’s The Gentlemen (opening in January) and Mud (2013), with the director of the latter, Jeff Nichols, scheduled to visit. Lauren Huff,, "Alright, alright, alright — Matthew McConaughey is officially a professor now," 28 Aug. 2019 Whether as a camper, counselor-in-training, counselor, volunteer, or director, each played a unique role in allowing the Camp to be a part of the Moodus community for nearly 60 years., "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 28 Aug. 2019 Whitmer's budget director, Chris Kolb, said the administration is preparing for a possible partial government shutdown on Oct. 1 by determining what critical functions would have to continue and what resources would be needed to support them. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer calls on Republican lawmakers to reveal their plan for fixing Michigan roads," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of director

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for director

see direct entry 1

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The first known use of director was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of director

: a person who manages an organized group of people or a part of an organization (such as a school or business)
: one of a group of managers who control a company or corporation
: a person who directs a play, movie, etc.


di·​rec·​tor | \ də-ˈrek-tər How to pronounce director (audio) , dī-\

Kids Definition of director

1 : a person who manages something a day care director
2 : a person in charge of making a movie or play


di·​rec·​tor | \ də-ˈrek-tər, dī- How to pronounce director (audio) \

Medical Definition of director

: an instrument grooved to guide and limit the motion of a surgical knife

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Legal Definition of director

1 : the head of an organized group or administrative unit or agency
2 : any of a group of persons usually elected by shareholders and entrusted with the overall control of a corporation

Note: Directors owe a fiduciary duty to the shareholders in the exercise of their powers. Directors have the power to appoint and dismiss officers, declare and pay dividends on stock, initiate major corporate actions such as mergers or dissolution, and determine other matters affecting the corporation.

Other Words from director

directorship noun

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