Definition of directory
: serving to direct; specifically : providing advisory but not compulsory guidance
First Known Use of directory
Recent Examples of directory from the Web
Ayyadurai is talking, of course, about the brouhaha the conservative Boston Herald set off in 2012 in a report that an academic directory back in the 1980s and 1990s had listed Warren as a minority member due to a Native American ancestry.
Moat Lane, a fictitious street in North London that originated in the TeleAtlas directory, was temporarily marked on Google Maps.
Conant, who enrolled at Mizzou in 2013 and graduated with a degree in English in December 2016, is listed as an events assistant for the SEC Network on the Mizzou student directory.
To find the closest market to you, check out this directory from the USDA: https://www.ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/farmersmarkets.
Floral designer Debra Prinzing created SlowFlowers.com, a blog and online directory of flower farms across the U.S. and Canada.
Information on Mormon leaders is not available to the general public, the researchers said, and there’s no reliable central directory for mosques and imams.
The NYC Health Department also surveyed local providers to assemble a directory of more than 100 LGBTQ-knowledgeable providers that can be accessed via the NYC Health Map.
Bridges and Kaiser were interviewed before The Seattle Times Editorial Board. Because of social-media harassment, the college’s faculty directory was briefly taken offline.
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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
First Known Use: 1543See Words from the same year
DIRECTORY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of directory for English Language Learners
: a book that contains an alphabetical list of names of people, businesses, etc.
DIRECTORY Defined for Kids
Definition of directory for Students
: a book containing an alphabetical list of names, addresses, and telephone numbers
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