- a book containing an alphabetical index of the names and addresses of persons in a city, district, organization, etc., or of a particular category of people.
- a board or tablet on a wall of a building listing the room and floor numbers of the occupants.
- a book of directions.
- Also called folder.an organizing unit in a computer's file system for storing and locating files. In a hierarchical file system, directories can contain child directories (subdirectories) as well as files.
- a description of characteristics of a particular file, as the layout of fields within each record.
- the Directory, French History. the body of five directors forming the executive power of France from 1795 to 1799.
- serving to direct; directing; directive.
Origin of directory
Examples from the Web for directory
Yoon's letter also noted the change to the "Blue Book"—the U.N. directory of missions.U.N. Adds New Name: "State of Palestine"
December 20, 2012
Oddly, her crisis-management and communications firm, Smith & Company, is not listed in any directory.Crisis-Management Experts Weigh In on How to Handle Petraeus Scandal
November 14, 2012
The people at Paris, called the Directory, were worried over our condition.The Boy Life of Napoleon
Thence to a public library, but could find no satisfactory Schlegel in the directory.Howards End
E. M. Forster
If you had called on me between twelve and three, you 'd have found me like a directory.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
Charles James Lever
Besides, as anyone who cares may see, the "General Directory," vol.End of the Tether
Perhaps the Directory of the county town is the only available volume.The Book-Hunter
John Hill Burton
- a book, arranged alphabetically or classified by trade listing names, addresses, telephone numbers, etc, of individuals or firms
- a book or manual giving directions
- a book containing the rules to be observed in the forms of worship used in churches
- a less common word for directorate (def. 2)
- computing an area of a disk, Winchester disk, or floppy disk that contains the names and locations of files currently held on that disk
- history the body of five directors in power in France from 1795 until their overthrow by Napoleon in 1799Also known as: the French Directory
Word Origin and History for directory
1540s, "guide, book of rules," from Medieval Latin directorium, noun use of neuter of Latin directorius, from directus (see direct (v.)). Meaning "alphabetical listing of inhabitants of a region" is from 1732; listing of telephone numbers is from 1908. As an adjective, from mid-15c.