su·​per·​in·​ten·​dent | \ ˌsü-p(ə-)rin-ˈten-dənt How to pronounce superintendent (audio) , ˌsü-pərn- \

Definition of superintendent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one who has executive oversight and charge



Definition of superintendent (Entry 2 of 2)

: having executive oversight and charge of something : of, relating to, or being a superintendent superintendent [=supervising] powers a superintendent officer The wedding will take place three days after our return to England, by special license, at the office of the district superintendent registrar, in the presence of my solicitor and his clerk, who, like his clients, will be in ordinary walking dress.— George Bernard Shaw

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Examples of superintendent in a Sentence

Noun the office of the superintendent of parks issues camping permits
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Blewett resigned as superintendent of the prison on Dec. 15, 2020, after serving in the position for a year. oregonlive, "2 die, nearly 400 inmates sickened after COVID-19 outbreak at Oregon prison," 9 Jan. 2021 District 109 announced Monday that Simeck was selected as the new superintendent of the six-school elementary school system starting this summer. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Deerfield District 109 hires superintendent of Lake Forest school districts," 15 Dec. 2020 The School Board tapped longtime educator and administrator Pete Jabbia as interim superintendent while the interview process for a new schools chief was ongoing. Andrew Canulette And Sara Pagones | Staff Writers,, "Counting down the rest of St. Tammany's Top 10 stories of 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 Gurka, 56, told he was hired as superintendent to address the district’s aging and deteriorating school buildings. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "North Royalton schools Superintendent Greg Gurka to retire June 1, led school rebuilding campaign," 29 Dec. 2020 Cardona served as assistant superintendent in Meriden Public Schools from 2013 until Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, a Democrat, appointed him education commissioner in August 2019. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Biden poised to pick Connecticut schools chief Miguel Cardona as Education secretary, reports say," 22 Dec. 2020 Dan Domenech, the executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, has served as a superintendent for nearly 30 years. CBS News, "All-remote learning is failing many students all across the country: "These children are struggling"," 7 Dec. 2020 The huge urban park was renamed in 1938 in honor of Wirth, a visionary for recreational areas as the superintendent of Minneapolis Parks for 30 years. Patrick Reusse, Star Tribune, "Shorty, Fast Eddie and putting for quarters — lots of them," 27 Nov. 2020 Kenkel worked as superintendent at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park from 2010 to 2014. Kurtis Alexander,, "Familiar Bay Area face named superintendent of Point Reyes National Seashore," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of superintendent


1554, in the meaning defined above


1566, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for superintendent


Medieval Latin superintendent-, superintendens, from Late Latin, present participle of superintendere

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The first known use of superintendent was in 1554

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“Superintendent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of superintendent

: a person who directs or manages a place, department, organization, etc.
: a high rank in a police department or a person who has this rank
US : a person who is in charge of cleaning, maintaining, and repairing a building


su·​per·​in·​ten·​dent | \ ˌsü-pər-in-ˈten-dənt How to pronounce superintendent (audio) \

Kids Definition of superintendent

: a person who looks after or manages something (as schools or a building)



Legal Definition of superintendent

: one who has the oversight and charge of a place, institution, department, organization, or operation specifically : the executive head of a police department

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