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 director (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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Recent Examples on the Web Heidi Shierholz, policy director at the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute, recently told CBS MoneyWatch that the government's official number of unemployed people excludes the millions who are jobless but not actively searching for a job. CBS News, 16 Sep. 2021 Stephens, director of operations at Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport, is in a mentorship pilot program that pairs diverse leaders with a hotel general manager. Claire Hastwell, Fortune, 16 Sep. 2021 Visitors can rent boats near the lake through October, says Erin White, director of leisure marketing and media at Visit Bloomington. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Sep. 2021 Erin Hatch Thomas, communications director at the House Ways and Means Committee, said the proposal merely reflected the priorities of the committee. Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2021 That includes the ways that people find and use them, said Jennifer Daniel, creative director of emoji at Google and chair of the Unicode emoji-development subcommittee. Ann-marie Alcántara, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2021 Some people, like Robert Castro, director of Chicanx and Latinx studies at the University of California, San Diego, say Sept. 16 gets overshadowed in the U.S. because of Cinco de Mayo. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 15 Sep. 2021 Mark Baron, tournament director at Delray Beach Open, noted the strong relationship with the city of Delray Beach and the community. Gary Curreri,, 14 Sep. 2021 Occupiable space in residential buildings would need to be at least 2 feet above that point, said Chris Busch, assistant deputy director at the agency., 14 Sep. 2021

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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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“Director.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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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