Definition of director in English:


Line breaks: dir|ect¦or
Pronunciation: /dɪˈrɛktə
, dʌɪ-/


1A person who is in charge of an activity, department, or organization: the sales director
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  • Many of them, including a series of finance directors, had already departed.
  • Finance directors will be reluctant to take a big hit on their profits, so where possible will look around for other cost savings.
  • Gleeson was also appointed senior independent non-executive director for the purposes of the Combined Code on Corporate Governance.
1.1A member of the board of people that manages or oversees the affairs of a business.
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  • Business ties between directors and companies whose boards they sit on are being terminated.
  • In the meantime it also appears that there is friction between board directors and shareholders.
  • Anglo Irish currently has six non-executive directors and five executive directors on its board.
managing director, MD, chief executive, CEO;
member of the board
informal kingpin, top dog, gaffer, bigwig, big cheese
North American informal honcho, head honcho, numero uno, Mister Big, big wheel
1.2A person who supervises the actors and other staff in a film, play, or similar production.
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  • The film director Jean Cocteau was a very strange man, in a decidedly French way.
  • Jews played a major part in theater and in the film industry as producers, directors and actors.
  • Film directors often gave comedy actors like Vivek a relatively free hand in developing the humour track.
supervisor, controller, regisseur, producer, auteur, choreographer
1.3 short for musical director.
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  • But there are many music composers, directors and singers who do not support the remix culture.
  • Francesca Zambello, one of the world's foremost female directors of opera and musical theatre, will direct.
  • Those were days when the artistes, directors and composers used to spend days together to perfect the songs.


late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French directour, from late Latin director 'governor', from dirigere 'to guide'.



Pronunciation: /-ˈtɔːrɪəl/
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  • Those that saw it admired the quirky, touching film for its unconventional narrative and sure directorial hand.
  • He's also breaking a rule: don't direct yourself in your directorial debut.
  • Our own documentary crew director wishes the woman would stay in the area he has lit for her, but kerbs his directorial impulses.


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  • He was fêted with academic honours and positions, including the directorship of a masterclass in composition in Berlin.
  • He also had directorships on ASB Bank and Mastercard Asia Pacific.
  • MPs are not forced to declare the amount they earn from directorships, but under Westminster rules they must reveal who they are working for.

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