directorate

[dih-rek-ter-it, dahy-]
noun
1.
the office of a director.
2.
a body of directors.

Origin:
1830–40; < French directorat < Late Latin dīrēctor director + French -at -ate3

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directorate (dɪˈrɛktərɪt, daɪ-)
 
n
1.  a board of directors
2.  Also: directorship the position of director

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directorate
1837, from director + -ate (1).
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Example sentences
It said he was an officer on the governing directorate but strove to have dissidents think of him as a friend.
Nobody doubts that the directorate's new boss will manage somehow.
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