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[dih-rek-ter, dahy-] /dɪˈrɛk tər, daɪ-/
a person or thing that directs.
one of a group of persons chosen to control or govern the affairs of a company or corporation:
a board of directors.
the person responsible for the interpretive aspects of a stage, film, or television production; the person who supervises the integration of all the elements, as acting, staging, and lighting, required to realize the writer's conception.
Compare producer (def 3).
the musical conductor of an orchestra, chorus, etc.
the manager or chief executive of certain schools, institutes, government bureaus, etc.
Military. a mechanical or electronic device that continuously calculates firing data for use against an airplane or other moving target.
Origin of director
1470-80; < Late Latin; see direct, -tor
Related forms
directorship, noun
predirector, noun
self-director, noun
subdirector, noun
subdirectorship, noun
1, 2, 5. supervisor, head, manager, leader, administrator, chief, boss. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for director
  • The director of a government organization shares confidences with nine advisers.
  • Before receiving an application form, each project director must submit a pre-application form online.
  • He overcame temptations by discovering them to his director, and submitting to his advice with regard to his conduct under them.
  • He calls its president its chairman or managing director.
  • He got a meeting with a deputy director, but not approval for a bureau badge.
  • In practice, however, the director-general is a vital broker.
  • There will be a discussion with the director following the screening.
  • Freeman, the laboratory director at a mental hospital, spent many late nights bent over the dissecting table at the morgue.
  • By this stage the director had also developed a serious cocaine addiction.
  • If one is available, a director should be called to the table to make a ruling.
British Dictionary definitions for director


/dɪˈrɛktə; daɪ-/
a person or thing that directs, controls, or regulates
a member of the governing board of a business concern who may or may not have an executive function
a person who directs the affairs of an institution, trust, educational programme, etc
the person responsible for the artistic and technical aspects of making a film or television programme Compare producer (sense 4)
(music) another word (esp US) for conductor (sense 2)
Derived Forms
directorial, adjective
directorially, adverb
directorship, noun
directress, noun:feminine
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Word Origin and History for director

late 15c., "a guide," from Anglo-French directour, French directeur, agent noun from Latin dirigere (see direct (v.)). Corporate sense is from 1630s; theatrical sense from 1911.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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director in Medicine

director di·rec·tor (dĭ-rěk'tər, dī-)
A smoothly grooved instrument used with a knife to limit the incision of tissues. Also called staff1.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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