Definition of director in US English:

director

noun

  • 1A person who is in charge of an activity, department, or organization.

    ‘he has been appointed finance director’
    • ‘From the 253 hospitals selected, 234 directors of nursing responded.’
    • ‘Cliff was a successful marketing director working long hours in the City.’
    • ‘He carried on the family legacy by becoming managing director of the company in 1976.’
    • ‘They were disturbed about an article implicating the director of the institute in a corruption affair.’
    • ‘By day he is a high powered art director working for a major media company.’
    • ‘Gleeson was also appointed senior independent non-executive director for the purposes of the Combined Code on Corporate Governance.’
    • ‘Finance directors will be reluctant to take a big hit on their profits, so where possible will look around for other cost savings.’
    • ‘Many of them, including a series of finance directors, had already departed.’
    • ‘Funeral directors generally want to do what is right for the children.’
    • ‘I've been a funeral director for 30 years.’
    • ‘He became the club's director of rugby and masterminded four league titles and two European Cup wins.’
    • ‘Susan Franks, director of nursing and planning, said she was worried about staffing levels.’
    • ‘The art director works up a visual and asks the copywriter to come up with a suitable headline.’
    • ‘Prior to that Hayek was the director of an institute on business cycle research.’
    • ‘High school coaches and athletic directors are responsible for implementing this rule and levying punishments as infractions occur.’
    • ‘President Bush was regularly told by the director of central intelligence that there was an urgent threat.’
    • ‘There were some complaints but the association's director agreed with my no cell phone edict.’
    • ‘Two years after he died, she became the artistic director of the company.’
    • ‘He is the former assistant finance director for Dade County, Florida.’
    • ‘"This was a proposal the director of nursing presented to us, " he explained.’
    leader, chief, boss, controller, master, supervisor, governor, superintendent, foreman, forewoman, headman
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    1. 1.1 A member of the board of people that manages or oversees the affairs of a business.
      • ‘Business ties between directors and companies whose boards they sit on are being terminated.’
      • ‘The company currently has four executive directors and one independent director on its board.’
      • ‘& Ryanair appointed two new non-executive directors to the board.’
      • ‘But it is one thing to be a director in name and another thing to actually sit on the board as a director.’
      • ‘Anglo Irish currently has six non-executive directors and five executive directors on its board.’
      • ‘The independent directors of the Eircom board are also supporting Valentia.’
      • ‘The aim was to make it easier to oust bad directors and make boards more responsive.’
      • ‘Board directors ought to formally sit as representatives of their organizations as a whole.’
      • ‘The bank suggested that Cunningham beef up the board with some high-profile directors.’
      • ‘A director on the board of Namport said that they can not allowed things to go on like this.’
      • ‘He is a director of the main board in Europe only, and had nothing to do with the negotiations.’
      • ‘She also served as a director on the board of the Namibia Red Cross and Campus Crusade for Christ.’
      • ‘In the meantime it also appears that there is friction between board directors and shareholders.’
      • ‘Around the time of opening, a whole new slate of directors took over the board.’
      • ‘One of Bryne's fellow directors managed to track down his direct phone number.’
      • ‘Insisting on nominating a director to the board of the borrower may also be risky.’
      • ‘The association would like Irish companies to have a majority of independent directors on their boards.’
      • ‘The change is meant to spur directors to take back board powers ceded over the years to managers.’
      • ‘Most VCs will want to be able to nominate a director to the board of the company in which they invest.’
      • ‘The measures usually are approved by the boards of directors, most of whom are members of the same CEO club.’
      administrator, manager, chairman, chairwoman, chairperson, chair, head, chief, boss, principal, leader, governor, president, premier
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    2. 1.2 A person who supervises the actors, camera crew, and other staff for a movie, play, television program, or similar production.
      • ‘These directors and actors have either entered Hollywood or become darlings of film festivals.’
      • ‘Commercials are good for actors to meet directors and for them to see how you work.’
      • ‘The sole significant extra on the disc is a director's commentary from Jewison.’
      • ‘Like many Shakespearean film directors, Branagh shoots long sequences in one continuous take.’
      • ‘Barda has worked as a presenter in some television shows and as an actor and film director.’
      • ‘I would like to say a heartfelt thanks to the many actors / directors who are producing our local plays today.’
      • ‘Peter Hall was the director and Laurence Olivier and Charles Laughton were still on the payroll.’
      • ‘I didn't like ' Aliens' until I saw the director's cut.’
      • ‘Balkan film directors, actors and students in the field will join the discussion section of Dionisia.’
      • ‘I often receive requests from film directors and producers asking if they could use a track from one of my albums.’
      • ‘There isn't a strong enough commitment to letting people take risks with producers, directors and actors.’
      • ‘He filled the roles of writer, producer, director and actor during his years in theatre.’
      • ‘He says he is confident that his director's cut will be better appreciated.’
      • ‘Film directors often gave comedy actors like Vivek a relatively free hand in developing the humour track.’
      • ‘Jews played a major part in theater and in the film industry as producers, directors and actors.’
      • ‘The film director Jean Cocteau was a very strange man, in a decidedly French way.’
      • ‘Actors, directors and producers gathered in the city the other day to check this menace.’
      • ‘Just sat through the 311 minute director's cut of 1900 with a friend.’
      • ‘There's a gag reel, which is really funny, director's commentary.’
      • ‘Some deleted (actually extended) scenes are included with the director's commentary.’
      supervisor, controller, regisseur, producer, auteur, choreographer
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    3. 1.3
      • ‘But there are many music composers, directors and singers who do not support the remix culture.’
      • ‘The Singers, under their director Tim Morris, will perform works by Monteverdi.’
      • ‘French directors of the time thought little of setting several composers to work on a score.’
      • ‘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’.

Pronunciation

director

/diˈrektər/