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director (n.)

late 15c., "a guide," from Anglo-French directour, French directeur, agent noun from Latin dirigere "set straight, arrange; give a particular direction to," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + regere "to direct, to guide, keep straight" (from PIE root *reg- "move in a straight line").

Corporate sense of "one of a number of persons having authority to manage the affairs of a company" is from 1630s; theatrical sense of "the leader of a company of performers" is from 1911.

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Definitions of director from WordNet

director (n.)
someone who controls resources and expenditures;
Synonyms: manager / managing director
director (n.)
member of a board of directors;
director (n.)
someone who supervises the actors and directs the action in the production of a show;
Synonyms: theater director / theatre director
director (n.)
the person who directs the making of a film;
Synonyms: film director
director (n.)
the person who leads a musical group;
Synonyms: conductor / music director
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