[dih-rek-ter-it, dahy-]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of directorate

  • The very staff of the directorate at the War Office had the same quality.

  • 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?


    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.


    Harry Vissering

British Dictionary definitions for directorate



a board of directors
Also: directorship the position of director
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Word Origin and History for directorate

1837, from director + -ate (1).

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