Definition of directory in English:

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Pronunciation: /diˈrektərē/
Pronunciation: /dīˈrektərē/

noun (plural directories)

1A book listing individuals or organizations alphabetically or thematically with details such as names, addresses, and telephone numbers.
Example sentences
  • I go down to the MHS library and begin looking at the 1912 city directories, alphabetical listings of people, their addresses, and occupations.
  • The directory, besides listing details about its members, has several other user-friendly features.
  • Even media businesses or services without a web presence can benefit from having their details listed in the directory.
index, list, listing, register, address book, catalog, record, archive, inventory;
trademark daytimer
1.1 Computing A file that consists solely of a set of other files (which may themselves be directories).
Example sentences
  • Though my home directory is encrypted, my data still may not be completely safe.
  • Windows users' roaming user profiles also are stored in their home directories on the server.
  • Of course you can delete your entire root directory with this approach if you so choose.
2chiefly historical A book of directions for the conduct of Christian worship, especially in Presbyterian and Roman Catholic churches.
3 (the Directory) The revolutionary government in France 1795–99, comprising two councils and a five-member executive. It maintained an aggressive foreign policy but could not control events at home and was overthrown by Napoleon Bonaparte.


Late Middle English (in the general sense 'something that directs'): from late Latin directorium, from director 'governor', from dirigere 'to guide'.

Words that rhyme with directory

ex-directory, interjectory, rectory, refectory, trajectory

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Syllabification: di·rec·to·ry

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