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[dih-rek-ter-it, dahy-] /dɪˈrɛk tər ɪt, daɪ-/
the office of a director.
a body of directors.
Origin of directorate
1830-40; < French directorat < Late Latin dīrēctor director + French -at -ate3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The very staff of the directorate at the War Office had the same quality.

    The War in the Air; Vol. 1 Walter Raleigh.
  • It came to an end during the directorate of Alexander Lowe, who was appointed in 1856.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
  • A directorate—a few directorates—a snug place at Court—who knows?

    Samba Herbert Strang
  • The directorate will give you a refund of the purchase price.

    Love Story Irving E. Cox, Jr.
  • These subsidiary companies are also controlled by the directorate.

    Zeppelin Harry Vissering
  • Hartmann and Paul Milliet advised me to inform the directorate of the Opra.

    My Recollections Jules Massenet
  • Are you really going to join the directorate of the Metropolitan?

    The Way of Ambition Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for directorate


/dɪˈrɛktərɪt; daɪ-/
a board of directors
Also directorship. the position of director
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for directorate

1837, from director + -ate (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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