Definition of directress in English:


(also directrice)


  • 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.