director

noun
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

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 We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Sidney Poitier, the legendary actor, director and diplomat who led a life of remarkable achievements, both on-screen and off. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Jan. 2022 The legendary actor, director, and former diplomat Sidney Poitier died last night, according to Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell. Marley Marius, Vogue, 7 Jan. 2022 We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Sidney Poitier, the legendary actor, director and diplomat who led a life of remarkable achievements, both on-screen and off. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 7 Jan. 2022 Bateman was recognized for her work with Maine South’s theater department, taking on roles as assistant stage manager for the school musical and fall play, assistant technical director, and a member of the stage and construction crew. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 7 Jan. 2022 The guest juror for the 43rd Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition was Beth C. McLaughlin, the artistic director and chief curator of the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts. Details: Feb. 11 through April 24. Sofia Krusmark, The Arizona Republic, 7 Jan. 2022 Collaborators, friends, and admirers alike are reacting to the death of legendary director and film historian Peter Bogdanovich, who died early Thursday morning at age 82. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 7 Jan. 2022 It was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including best picture, director and adapted screenplay, and won two, for supporting actors Ben Johnson and Cloris Leachman. Harrison Smith, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Jan. 2022 It was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including best picture, director and adapted screenplay, and won two, for supporting actors Ben Johnson and Cloris Leachman. Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2022

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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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director

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“Director.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/director. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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director

noun

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.

director

noun
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

director

noun
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

director

noun
di·​rec·​tor

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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