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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
From Late Latin, dating back to 1470-80; See origin at 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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for director
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  • If Monsieur the director of the Circus comes now he will go in the special car.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • The first man to approach the wicket was the director of the Circus.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • The director turned, with a smile, to include that lady in the conversation.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • I had forgotten that he was director of the Conservatoire, just as I had forgotten everything else.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • "It is a letter from M. Perrin, director of the Comdie Franaise," she said.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
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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