directory

1 of 2

adjective

di·​rec·​to·​ry də-ˈrek-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce directory (audio)
dī-
: serving to direct
specifically : providing advisory but not compulsory guidance

directory

2 of 2

noun

plural directories
1
a
: a book or collection of directions, rules, or ordinances
b
: an alphabetical or classified list (as of names and addresses)
2
: a body of directors
3

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Check out the complete HFR&Co directory at: https://hfrandco.com/. Irene Kim, Vogue, 21 Nov. 2022 Political scientists Mirya Holman and Emily Farris used state sheriff association directories and internet searches to augment the directory with new records and more accurate information, resulting in 3,005 email addresses in total. USA Today, 3 Nov. 2022 The directory will include an outlet’s audience demographics and other statistics. Alice Yin, Chicago Tribune, 26 Oct. 2022 What’s more, the packages were programmed to exfiltrate sensitive user information, including bash history and the contents of /etc/shadow, the directory where Linux user password data is stored. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 11 May 2022 The data about individual employee strengths and weaknesses can also serve as an ad-hoc directory of internal subject matter experts. Anand Inamdar, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2022 Flexa Careers, a job directory for flexible positions, analyzed over 36,000 user searches on its site to discover the biggest priorities among job seekers. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 9 Aug. 2022 There is also a directory for Native American crew. Los Angeles Times, 5 Feb. 2022 While Google’s ambition has long been to create a directory for the entire web, over the years, other companies have developed search engines that specialize in a specific area. David Mccabe, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English directorie guide, from Medieval Latin directorium, from neuter of Late Latin directorius directorial, from Latin dirigere

First Known Use

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of directory was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Directory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/directory. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

directory

noun

di·​rec·​to·​ry
də-ˈrek-t(ə-)rē,
dī-
plural directories
: an alphabetical list containing names and addresses
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