A director is a person who is in charge of something important. The advertising director for a large company is the head of the department that places ads in newspapers and on TV.

Businesses have directors, and movies and plays also have directors, who oversee the way the actors deliver their lines and interpret the script. An orchestra's conductor can also be called a "musical director," and much like a film director, she guides the musicians and supervises their performance. The Latin root, dirigere, means "set straight."

Definitions of director
  1. noun
    someone who controls resources and expenditures
    synonyms: manager, managing director
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    bank manager
    manager of a branch office of a bank
    district manager
    a manager who supervises the sales activity for a district
    a woman manager
    type of:
    administrator, decision maker
    someone who administers a business
  2. noun
    someone who supervises the actors and directs the action in the production of a show
    synonyms: theater director, theatre director
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    Harley Granville-Barker
    English actor and dramatist and critic and director noted for his productions of Shakespearean plays (1877-1946)
    Elia Kazanjoglous
    United States stage and screen director (born in Turkey) and believer in method acting (1909-2003)
    Konstantin Sergeyevich Stanislavsky
    Russian actor and theater director who trained his actors to emphasize the psychological motivation of their roles (1863-1938)
    stage director
    someone who supervises the actors and directs the action in the production of a stage show
    art director
    the director in charge of the artistic features of a theatrical production (costumes and scenery and lighting)
    type of:
    one who supervises or has charge and direction of
  3. noun
    the person who directs the making of a film
    synonyms: film director
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    Ingmar Bergman
    Swedish film director who used heavy symbolism and explored the psychology of the characters (born 1918)
    Luis Bunuel
    Spanish film director (1900-1983)
    Alfred Joseph Hitchcock
    English film director noted for his skill in creating suspense (1899-1980)
    Israel Strassberg
    United States actor and film director (born in Austria) who was a leader in developing method acting in the United States (1901-1982)
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    film maker, film producer, filmmaker, movie maker
    a producer of motion pictures
  4. noun
    the person who leads a musical group
    synonyms: conductor, music director
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    Leonard Bernstein
    United States conductor and composer (1918-1990)
    Lord Britten of Aldeburgh
    major English composer of the 20th century; noted for his operas (1913-1976)
    Arthur Fiedler
    popular United States conductor (1894-1979)
    Paul Hindemith
    German neoclassical composer and conductor who believed that music should have a social purpose (1895-1963)
    Sergei Aleksandrovich Koussevitzky
    United States conductor (born in Russia) who was noted for performing the works of contemporary composers (1874-1951)
    Leonard Constant Lambert
    English composer and conductor (1905-1951)
    Gustav Mahler
    Austrian composer and conductor (1860-1911)
    Eugene Ormandy
    United States conductor (born in Hungary) (1899-1985)
    Seiji Ozawa
    United States conductor (born in Japan in 1935)
    Leopold Antoni Stanislaw Stokowski
    United States conductor (born in Britain) (1882-1977)
    George Szell
    United States conductor (born in Hungary) (1897-1970)
    Arturo Toscanini
    Italian conductor of many orchestras worldwide (1867-1957)
    Bruno Walter
    German conductor (1876-1962)
    Baron Karl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber
    German conductor and composer of romantic operas (1786-1826)
    Sir Henry Joseph Wood
    English conductor (1869-1944)
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    the leader of a dance band
    the conductor of a band
    drum major
    the leader of a marching band or drum corps
    drum majorette, majorette
    a female drum major
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    artist who composes or conducts music as a profession
  5. noun
    member of a board of directors
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    committee member
    a member of a committee
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