[dih-rek-tris, dahy-]


a woman who is a director.

Origin of directress

First recorded in 1570–80; direct(o)r + -ess

Usage note

See -ess. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for directress

Historical Examples of directress

  • All the ladies, except the Directress, give their services gratis.

    Criminal Man

    Gina Lombroso-Ferrero

  • It was in vain Madame the Directress exclaimed and expostulated at these improprieties.

    Capitola's Peril

    Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth

  • "Miss Allen, I am somewhat disturbed," began the directress.

    Jane Allen: Center

    Edith Bancroft

  • With religion for their directress, they are skilled in the remedy of the soul as well as of the body.

    A Lamp to the Path

    W. K. Tweedie

  • In all dealings with him she had proved herself the directress, quick yet decided.