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

A few miles west of Whitesbog is Haines Berry Farm, run by the great-grandson of the Whitesbog superintendent. Rachel Wharton, New York Times, "In the Shadow of the Blueberry Titans, Smaller Growers Thrive," 2 July 2018 Ten people have led Harford County Public Schools since the post of superintendent was created in 1902. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Harford School Board poised to name new superintendent Monday," 11 June 2018 These commissions would lack investigatory and subpoena powers, and would play no role in the appointment of the police superintendent. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "News / News Bites In debate over civilian oversight of Chicago police, grassroots proposals win the day," 6 June 2018 But the last few months have been a particularly stressful time at Graterford, which saw five suicides and the resignation of the superintendent. Samantha Melamed,, "Pennsylvania's newest, most expensive prison is finally ready - and inmates are dreading it," 17 May 2018 Fairfield Board of Education received a waver from the state to delay the hiring of a new superintendent. Erin Edgemon,, "Fairfield seeks public input in hiring of schools superintendent," 3 May 2018 But after a three-hour executive session held by the district's school board of trustees Wednesday night, and as all five board members faced a potential recall election for their support of the superintendent, something changed. Christina Lords, idahostatesman, "Facing recall, school board accepts embattled superintendent's resignation | Idaho Statesman," 25 Apr. 2018 The county’s portion of the regional superintendent of schools’ salary will increase from $32,594 to $33,246, under the 2019 bump. Gary Gibula, Naperville Sun, "No pay raises for DuPage County Board members but countywide elected officials to get 2% hike," 24 Apr. 2018 However, arrest of a superintendent and all of the others is pretty serious. Christine Dempsey,, "Montville School Administrators Charged In 'Fight Club' Probe," 19 Apr. 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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