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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Thomas Kellogg, executive director of the Center for Asian Law at Georgetown University Law Center, said China has long used exit bans to stop its own citizens from leaving the country, particularly human-rights activists or other dissidents. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Trapped, alone and 'desperate to come home.' American siblings barred from leaving China," 15 Sep. 2019 According to Sonja Schroeder, the executive director of the New Mexico Chile Association, a traveler in the 1970s was passing through Hatch, New Mexico, tried a local variety of chile, and started calling it the Hatch chile. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "How Hatch Chile Season Became the Pumpkin Spice of the Southwest," 13 Sep. 2019 Ron Nocetti, executive director of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), said of the national report. Ron Kroichick,, "Friday night flight: How football's decline is impacting high school sports," 13 Sep. 2019 Dan Gibbs, executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, said the financial details are being finalized. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Privately owned Fisher’s Peak in southern Colorado to become 42nd state park," 12 Sep. 2019 That’s helping to create a culture where students who struggle can get help, not suspensions, said Rochelle Cox, executive director of special education and health services for Minneapolis Public Schools. oregonlive, "Minneapolis schools lead the way on youth mental wellness," 12 Sep. 2019 In 2014, she was named executive director of the Energy Transition Lab. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "Democratic lawmaker resigns from UMN amid questions over how he was hired," 11 Sep. 2019 Danielle Brian, executive director of the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight, told the Associated Press shortly after Trump was elected. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Trump’s bid to bring G7 to his Doral resort would be illegal if he was anyone else," 11 Sep. 2019 When Frank was working, photography had already been integrated into the media, but its universal acceptance as art, hastened by John Szarkowski’s tenure as the director of photography at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, was still years away. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "How Robert Frank’s Photographs Helped Define America," 11 Sep. 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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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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