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Dictionary Definition



1 an alphabetical list of names and addresses
2 (computer science) a listing of the files stored in memory (usually on a hard disk)

User Contributed Dictionary



directorie, from directorium.


  1. A list of names, addresses etc., of specific classes of people or organizations, often in alphabetical order or in some classification.
  2. : A structured listing of the names and characteristics of the files on a storage device.
  3. : A simulated folder in a personal computer's file system, in which related files may be organized.


list of names, addresses etc.
structured listing of files
  • Czech: adresář
  • Dutch: lijst
  • Finnish: hakemisto
  • Japanese: ディレクトリ
simulated folder
  • Czech: adresář
  • Dutch: folder, map
  • Finnish: kansio
  • Japanese: ディレクトリ
  • Portuguese: diretório

Extensive Definition

Directory may refer to:
directory in German: Direktorium
directory in Spanish: Directorio (desambiguación)
directory in French: Répertoire
directory in Korean: 디렉터리 (동음이의)
directory in Portuguese: Directório
directory in Russian: Директория
directory in Slovak: Direktórium
directory in Chinese: 目錄

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Almanach de Gotha, Baedeker, British Cabinet, Red Book, Royal Kalendar, Sanhedrin, Social Register, US Cabinet, Yellow Pages, account, acquaintance, advisory body, announcement, assembly, association, atlas, bench, bibliography, blue book, board, board of directors, board of regents, board of trustees, body of advisers, borough council, brain trust, briefing, bulletin, business directory, cabinet, cadre, calendar, camarilla, casebook, catalog, catalogue raisonne, chamber, checklist, city council, city directory, classified catalog, classified directory, common council, communication, communique, concordance, conference, congress, consultative assembly, council, council fire, council of ministers, council of state, council of war, county council, court, cyclopedia, data, datum, deliberative assembly, diatesseron, dictionary catalog, diet, directorate, dispatch, divan, encyclopedia, enlightenment, evidence, executive arm, executive committee, executive hierarchy, facts, factual information, familiarization, finding list, gazetteer, gen, genealogy, general information, governing board, governing body, guidebook, handbook, handlist, handout, hard information, harmony, incidental information, index, info, information, infrastructure, instruction, intelligence, interlocking directorate, itinerary, junta, kitchen cabinet, knowledge, legislature, light, management, mention, message, notice, notification, parish council, pedigree, phone book, polyglot, presentation, privy council, promotional material, proof, publication, publicity, record book, reference book, release, report, road map, roadbook, sidelight, source book, soviet, staff, statement, steering committee, studbook, syndicate, synod, telephone book, telephone directory, the administration, the brass, the dope, the executive, the goods, the know, the people upstairs, the scoop, top brass, transmission, tribunal, white book, white paper, word, work of reference
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