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

Noun the office of the superintendent of parks issues camping permits
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mike Thomas, Brockton’s interim schools superintendent, was impressed., "Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building," 17 Sep. 2019 The superintendent’s redistricting plan would increase this number to 45., "Letters: Busing isn’t the answer to Howard schools’ disparity problem; and more from readers," 17 Sep. 2019 In regular session, the board extended the superintendent’s contract for four years through June 30, 2023, and approved a 3.37 percent raise retroactive to July 1, 2018, and a 2.44 percent increase effective July 1. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How they voted, Sept. 15," 15 Sep. 2019 In a statement to PEOPLE, the school district’s superintendent, Kevin Richard, said that the school’s response has been multi-faceted and includes disciplinary action, educational programming, mental health assessment and community service. Claudia Harmata,, "High School Football Players Allegedly Lured Duck Out of Water Before Brutal Beating," 10 Sep. 2019 Tracy Dorland, deputy superintendent at Adams 12 Five Star Schools, said the district runs for about 11 miles along Interstate 25 in western Adams County, and neighborhoods along the way vary in affordability and racial composition. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "More than half of Denver’s public schools are segregated, 25 years after busing ended," 8 Sep. 2019 Sleepy Eye Public Schools’ typical enrollment is about 550 students, 35 of whom come from Del Monte families, said superintendent John Cselovszki. Cody Nelson, Twin Cities, "Canning plant closure a rude awakening for Sleepy Eye," 7 Sep. 2019 The wood-frame, three-story Buchman Building, named after the family that owned it for three decades, was developed by Continental Oil Company superintendent John Corkish as an investment property. oregonlive, "Beautiful 130-year-old Lair Hill townhouse, once saved from the wrecking ball, is now for sale," 6 Sep. 2019 The district's superintendent, Clint Christopher, wrote a letter last week to Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, pledging more efforts to ensure inclusion. Faith Karimi And Sheena Jones, CNN, "They posed in blackface and bullied African-American classmates. The school district failed to act, parents say," 5 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of superintendent was in 1554

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How to pronounce superintendent (audio)

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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