su·​per·​in·​ten·​dent | \ ˌsü-p(ə-)rin-ˈten-dənt , 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

Emphasis on superintendent—Rimes didn't want to play the music teacher. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "LeAnn Rimes Is Doing Her First Hallmark Christmas Movie—But on Her Terms," 9 Nov. 2018 After the footage was released in 2015, protests ensued, Emanuel was criticized, and the police superintendent, Garry McCarthy, was fired, as reported by The Washington Post. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Jason Van Dyke, the Cop Who Murdered Laquan McDonald, Was Found Guilty," 5 Oct. 2018 In the Hallmark movie, which premieres on Saturday, November 10, LeAnn plays Eve Morgan, a musically gifted superintendent tasked with overhauling her high school's music department. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Hallmark's New Christmas Soundtrack Featuring LeAnn Rimes Will Make You Want to Jingle Bell Rock," 11 Oct. 2018 However, the new superintendent has requested a review of all protocols and procedures including safety to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and respect. Caitlin Flynn, Teen Vogue, "Advocacy Group Says a Student Was Left in the Hallway During an Active Shooter Drill Because She's Transgender," 9 Oct. 2018 Monica Goldson, a deputy superintendent, was named acting CEO. Donna St. George, Washington Post, "Maryland schools CEO handed six-figure severance payout," 12 July 2018 This fall, the district plans to launch a search for a permanent superintendent to start July 1, 2019. Karen Berkowitz,, "District 113 approves contracts with interim superintendents," 29 June 2018 Within a year, his supervisors promoted him from a laborer to a project manager to a superintendent to a company vice president. Brenna Bailey, azcentral, "Trust, brotherhood and pink underwear: USS Phoenix submarine vets reflect on life at sea," 27 June 2018 Last week, Carmel named a new superintendent, Michael Beresford. Faith E. Pinho, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel school board votes for two new elementary schools, to parents' frustration," 25 June 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 \

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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