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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web One of them is Terry Mohajir, the athletic director at Arkansas State. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "One obscure contract clause could have major impact on Michigan's football season," 23 May 2020 The directors equipped themselves with GoPro cameras and scattered many more around the ship, encouraging workers to film themselves and their experiences. David Sims, The Atlantic, "30 Movies That Are Unlike Anything You’ve Seen Before," 23 May 2020 But the decisions rest not with athletic directors, but university... Laine Higgins And Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, "College Football’s Game of Chicken With State Officials," 22 May 2020 All the achievements could have been easily checked out, but USC's associate athletic director at the time, Donna Heinel, is accused of being in on the scam. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "Lori Loughlin, husband Mossimo Giannulli agree to plead guilty in college admissions scam," 22 May 2020 Eric Topol, a cardiologist and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, told the Washington Post. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Massive new study shows malaria drug touted by Trump increases risk of death," 22 May 2020 The move to Adult Swim comes after the network's longtime executive vice president and creative director Mike Lazzo left earlier this year. Omar Sanchez,, "Tuca & Bertie flies from Netflix to Adult Swim for season 2," 22 May 2020 Plus, from another global institution: IMF managing director Kristalina Georgieva argues in a piece for the Financial Times that banks should halt dividends and buybacks to build capital during the economic crisis. Fortune, "How CEO Corie Barry kept Best Buy afloat during the pandemic," 22 May 2020 Another athletic director told the range would likely be between 15 to 25 percent capacity for most schools. John Talty |, al, "Which fans can attend a CFB game this fall? Can social distancing work?," 21 May 2020

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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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27 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Director.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce director (audio)

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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