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

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of superintendent in a Sentence


the office of the superintendent of parks issues camping permits

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As states continued to cut education money, superintendents found fewer efficiencies and starting cutting actual programs — even in wealthier suburban districts. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, "Strikes, pay raises & charter protests: America's teachers' exhausting, exhilarating year," 18 June 2019 Broward School Board members could try to fire the superintendent no more than twice a year under a proposal scheduled to be discussed Tuesday. Scott Travis,, "Broward School Board to consider limiting requests to fire superintendent," 18 June 2019 Former superintendent Michael Harrison, who left NOPD in January to become Baltimore Police Department’s commissioner, relayed the same message regarding the fatal shooting of Williams. Emily Lane,, "Second suspect arrested after police officer shot Uptown: NOPD," 17 June 2019 Their salaries for the principles etc. are way out of balance, not to mention the superintendent. Chicago Tribune, Lake County News-Sun, "Talk of the County: Tiger Woods not worthy of hero worship," 17 June 2019 That project led to regular volunteering at the library, and when Lovell retired, Lema was asked by then-superintendent Dave Boland to take over the post. Janice Steinhagen,, "Baldwin Middle School Librarian Ends Half-Century Career," 17 June 2019 Brian Ganan, school superintendent Komarek School in Illinois is caught in a Catch-22. Mallory Simon, CNN, "America's infrastructure is crumbling and these people are suffering because of it," 17 June 2019 Each is allowed to appeal within five days to meet with the deputy superintendent. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "Gary teachers, principal appeal proposed firing after handing out 'most annoying' award to autistic student: official," 17 June 2019 The commissions would then weigh the superintendent’s letter in its decision-making process., "How legislation addressing growth impact on schools collapsed in Baldwin County," 16 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'superintendent.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about superintendent

Statistics for superintendent

Last Updated

21 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for superintendent

The first known use of superintendent was in 1554

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for superintendent



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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on superintendent

What made you want to look up superintendent? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a device or gadget

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!