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[dih-rek-tris, dahy-] /dɪˈrɛk trɪs, daɪ-/
a woman who is a director.
Origin of directress
1570-80; direct(o)r + -ess
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When he has finished he takes his tray to the directress that she may verify his work.

    The Montessori Method Maria Montessori
  • In all dealings with him she had proved herself the directress, quick yet decided.

  • He has found a woman for me who can be a directress of work; can manage the sewing-room.

    The Other Girls Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  • For this reason I have changed the name of teacher into that of directress.

    The Montessori Method Maria Montessori
  • Mr. Benjamin Webster became lessee, and Madame Celeste directress, 1844.

  • The directress had thought best not to interfere, as yet, in the teaching of the child.

    The Montessori Method Maria Montessori
  • Every kind of play was presented, and it was here that the directress brought out as a child the afterwards famous Mdlle.

    Old and New Paris, v. 1 Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • The directress one day asked for an explanation of this change of conduct.

    The Montessori Method Maria Montessori
  • The directress comes, opens the slip, reads the number, and counts the pieces.

    The Montessori Method Maria Montessori
  • And now we have discussed the directress, what of the pupils?

    The Professor (AKA Charlotte Bronte) Currer Bell

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