Definition of director in English:

director

Syllabification: di·rec·tor
Pronunciation: /diˈrektər
 
 
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(abbreviation: dir.)

noun

1A person who is in charge of an activity, department, or organization: he has been appointed finance 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.
1.2A person who supervises the actors, camera crew, and other staff for a movie, play, television program, 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.
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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

directorial

Pronunciation: /diˌrekˈtôrēəl, ˌdīrek-/
adjective
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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.

directorship

noun
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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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