- 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
Synonyms for directorSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for directorhead, supervisor, producer, executive, administrator, player, chief, organizer, leader, principal, exec, governor, boss, skipper, overseer, chair, controller, kingpin, helmer
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Contemporary Examples of director
This is a Hollywood director at the height of his powers creating original, wildly ambitious epics.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’
January 6, 2015
This is not the first time the director has fallen for Russian propaganda.Oliver Stone’s Latest Dictator Suckup
January 5, 2015
The director left then; he could see the impending catastrophe.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Director Yoo Dong-hun and screenwriter Lee Jung-u were arrested for firebombing theaters.
His rule over the country came to an end in 1979 when the director of the KCIA shot Park and his bodyguard to death at dinner.
Historical Examples of director
The first man to approach the wicket was the Director of the Circus.
If Monsieur the Director of the Circus comes now he will go in the special car.
The director turned, with a smile, to include that lady in the conversation.Meadow Grass
I had forgotten that he was director of the Conservatoire, just as I had forgotten everything else.
"It is a letter from M. Perrin, director of the Comdie Franaise," she said.
- 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 programmeCompare producer (def. 4)
- music another word (esp US) for conductor (def. 2)
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.
- A smoothly grooved instrument used with a knife to limit the incision of tissues.staff