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

Traughber was the superintendent when Baby Boomers were children and the infrastructure was needed for students coming into the community with the Baby Boomers. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Oswego Senior Center official hopeful plans for old school site will allow center to stay put," 11 July 2018 His father was the superintendent of the Graded School, an American school in São Paulo. New York Times, "Laura Mitchell, Oliver Tully," 1 July 2018 The educators had worked together in Anne Arundel, where Maxwell was superintendent, and had strong ties to Prince George’s. Donna St. George, Washington Post, "Deputy superintendent leaves embattled school leadership in Prince George’s," 25 June 2018 Greco has been the Falls superintendent for the past seven years. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Menomonee Falls Superintednet Pat Greco receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Wisconsin Policy Forum," 21 June 2018 The Crosby ISD board named Davis as the lone finalist to be the next superintendent May 22. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "It’s official: Crosby ISD approves Scott Davis as next superintendent," 14 June 2018 The 42-year-old Tramaglini is superintendent of the school district in Kenilworth, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Holmdel. Fox News, "School chief charged with public defecation due in court," 12 June 2018 The board has selected two finalists, Sean Bulson and David Ring, to replace Canavan, a veteran HCPS educator who has been superintendent for five years. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Harford school board enters final phases of superintendent selection," 22 May 2018 Thomas Tramaglini, 42, who has been the superintendent in the Kenilworth School District since 2015, was arrested on Monday after he was seen defecating on the Holmdel High School football field and track, reports. Abigail Abrams, Time, "New Jersey's Mystery High School Pooper Turns Out To Be School Superintendent," 4 May 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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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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