ex-directory [eks-di-rek-tuh-ree, -tree, -dahy-] Word Origin adjective British.

  1. (of a telephone number) unlisted in a telephone directory.

Origin of ex-directory First recorded in 1935–40 British Dictionary definitions for ex-directory ex-directory adjective

  1. mainly British not listed in a telephone directory, by request, and not disclosed to inquirersUS and Canadian term: unlisted

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