noun direction; guide.
2. directory ·adj containing directions; enjoining; instructing; directorial.
3. directory ·noun a body of directors; board of management; especially, a committee which held executive power in france under the first republic.
4. directory ·noun a book containing the names and residences of the inhabitants of any place, or of classes of them; an address book; as, a business directory.
5. directory ·noun a collection or body of directions, rules, or ordinances; ·esp., a book of directions for the conduct of worship; as, the directory used by the nonconformists instead of the prayer book.