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


the office of the superintendent of parks issues camping permits

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Los Angeles schools superintendent Austin Beutner said the issue is out of his control because California law governs the growth of charter schools. Ian Lovett And Tawnell D. Hobbs, WSJ, "Charter Schools Stay Open As Striking Teachers Decry Their Growth," 21 Jan. 2019 Mattheu supports the continued leadership of Pollio, who became the district’s acting superintendent in July 2017 and officially assumed office in February of this year. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Matt Bevin’s Revenge?," 4 May 2018 The diamond was discovered in South Africa in 1905, and the story goes that Frederick Wells, superintendent of the Premier Mine near Pretoria, spotted the shiny object during his afternoon inspection. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Wore a Heart-Shaped Brooch to Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 Your doorman, dry cleaner, and superintendent (i.e. all of the people who make your life easier year-round) should be feeling the spirit of giving once a year too. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "Your Ultimate Guide to Holiday Tipping," 12 Dec. 2018 The Baraboo School District is currently investigating the incident, according to a statement from superintendent Lori Mueller posted on the district's Twitter page. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Wisconsin High School Investigates Photo of Students Seemingly Doing Nazi Salute," 12 Nov. 2018 Previous superintendents have broached the topic of mandatory transfers, but the school board has always said no. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "CMS leader has won fans among teachers. But these moves may test their loyalty.," 13 July 2018 But the ballot item on next week’s school board agenda, drafted by superintendent Alberto Carvalho’s office and posted online Wednesday, has caught some board members off guard. Colleen Wright, miamiherald, "Vague ballot language confuses Miami-Dade schools’ bid to raise taxes to pay teachers," 12 July 2018 Scheduled work sessions, which are set for 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, and superintendent meetings, set for 4 p.m. Aug. 20 and Oct. 15, will be conducted there. Jennie Key,, "City wins appeal in public records lawsuit," 12 July 2018

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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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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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