Etymology
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directorate (n.)

1834, "a body of directors," from director + -ate (1). From 1837 as "office of a director."  

updated on September 11, 2018

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Definitions of directorate from WordNet

directorate (n.)
a group of persons chosen to govern the affairs of a corporation or other large institution;
Synonyms: board of directors
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