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  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈɹɛktəɹi/, /daɪˈɹɛktəɹi/
  • (file)

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English directorie, dyrectorye, from Medieval Latin dīrectōrium. Doublet of directorium.


directory (plural directories)

A typical icon of a directory (3)
  1. A list of names, addresses etc, of specific classes of people or organizations, often in alphabetical order or in some classification.
    Hypernyms: list, reference work
    Hyponym: telephone directory
    look up an address in the directory
  2. (computing) A structured listing of the names and characteristics of the files on a storage device.
  3. (computing) A virtual container in a computer's file system, in which files and other directories may be stored. The files and subdirectories in a directory are usually related.
    Synonym: folder
    Hyponyms: home directory, subdirectory
    Coordinate terms: label, pseudodirectory, tag
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English directorye, from Latin dīrectōrius.


directory (not comparable)

  1. Containing directions; instructing; directorial.

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