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



    BrE BrE//dəˈrektəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dəˈrektəri//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈrektəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrektəri//
    ; BrE BrE//daɪˈrektəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈrektəri//
    (pl. directories) Communication devices, Using a computer
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  1. 1a book containing lists of information, usually in alphabetical order, for example people’s telephone numbers or the names and addresses of businesses in a particular area a telephone/trade directory a directory of European Trade Associations See related entries: Communication devices
  2. 2 a file containing a group of other files or programs in a computer See related entries: Using a computer
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the general sense ‘something that directs’): from late Latin directorium, from director ‘governor’, from dirigere ‘to guide’.Extra examples I found the company’s name in a trade directory. Names are listed alphabetically in the directory. She decided to check the business directory for the address. a comprehensive directory of training resources a directory of names and numbers a searchable directory of lawyers and law firms an online directory that shows who lives at what address the 1801 Philadelphia city directory the association’s 2009 membership directory He reached for the thick directory. Our website has a link to a detailed directory of names and places. We supply an alphabetical directory of local services to every household. You can get some useful contacts from a trade directory.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: directory