Definition of director noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dəˈrektə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dəˈrektər//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈrektə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrektər//
    ; BrE BrE//daɪˈrektə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈrektər//
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  1. 1  one of a group of senior managers who run a company the managing director an executive/non-executive director He's on the board of directors. Wordfinderagent, business, company, competitor, customer, director, employ, franchise, manager, shareholder See related entries: Professions, Job titles
  2. 2  a person who is in charge of a particular activity or department in a company, a college, etc. the musical director a regional director the director of education See related entries: Professions, Job titles
  3. 3  a person in charge of a film/movie or play who tells the actors and staff what to do compare producer Wordfinderactor, cameraman, cinema, dialogue, director, dub, film, location, scenario, sound effect Wordfinderartistic director, auditorium, balcony, box office, circle, director, foyer, stage, the stalls, theatre See related entries: Professions, Film people, People in theatre
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French directour, from late Latin director ‘governor’, from dirigere ‘to guide’.Extra examples Alan Watt, senior director of marketing and strategy Fred Madison, technology program director for the Industrial and Technology Assistance Corp. He became associate director of California Ballet in 1983. He now felt ready to take on the role of director. He was athletic director of Mills College. I got a call from the casting director asking me to do a part. Milberg is the station manager and programme/​program director at WDAM Radio. Ms Hidden has replaced her as acting director. She is the founding director of graduate programs. an eminent museum director and curator the company’s personnel director the company’s regional director in North America ‘It’s been a great success,’ said managing director Chris Tomlinson. He was musical director at the National Theatre from 1976 to 1997. In the report, director of education Keith Nelson says more needs to be done. She’s on the board of directors. The bank’s regional director for Wales called an urgent meeting. a sales/​marketing/​finance/​personnel/​technical manager/​director
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