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A female director.
- ‘Run by Margaret Palmer Bergin, a qualified AMI directress, the school offers education through arts, crafts, music and drama.’
- ‘Much to our satisfaction, the response to our quiz competition had been good so far,’ said Kamakshi Balakrishna, the directress of the Chinmaya Vidyapeet.’
- ‘Although they were shortened because of the long introduction, I was still bewildered - and a little unnerved - by the fact that Mme LeFay, our directrice, had started our daily routine… on the very first day.’
- ‘In the 1770s case of Helen Henderson against the surviving kin of the deceased John MacLean, Helen said that she was ‘not a Common Servant’ as alleged, but ‘assistant or directress of a Boarding School in Edinburgh.’’
Early 17th century: from director + -ess; the variant directrice is an adopted French form.
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