from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The office or position of a director.
  • n. A board of directors, as of a corporation.
  • n. The entire staff of a bureau or department.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An agency headed by a director, usually a subdivision of a major government department.
  • n. A body of directors.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The office of director; also, a body of directors taken jointly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. l.The office of a director.
  • n. A body of directors.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a group of persons chosen to govern the affairs of a corporation or other large institution


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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