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

Examples of superintendent in a Sentence

Noun the office of the superintendent of parks issues camping permits
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Enikia Ford Morthel, the San Francisco Unified School District’s deputy superintendent of instruction, is departing to lead Berkeley’s public school system. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 May 2022 In 1865 and 1866, the land was purchased by Edward Fitzgerald Beale, the surveyor general of California and Nevada under Abraham Lincoln and California’s first superintendent of Indian affairs. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 3 May 2022 Josha Talison, superintendent of Ecorse Public Schools, acknowledged that the program’s tutor-to-pupil ratio was sometimes too high. Koby Levin And Isabel Lohman, Detroit Free Press, 2 May 2022 Matt Curtis, superintendent of Simsbury Public Schools, addressed the protest in a statement to Simsbury parents and guardians. Seamus Mcavoy, Hartford Courant, 29 Apr. 2022 Casey Wardynski, former superintendent of Huntsville City Schools who later served as an Assistant Secretary of the Army in the Trump administration, was second in raising money in the first quarter of the year. Paul Gattis |, al, 26 Apr. 2022 Lance Hatch, superintendent of Iron County School District, says 17 Native American students will be graduating from his district this year, including from both Canyon View and Cedar City High Schools. The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Apr. 2022 Baldwin, former superintendent of the Fairhaven Public Schools, was the keynote speaker at the association’s annual meeting Friday at the DoubleTree Hotel. Cam Kerry,, 8 Apr. 2022 Richard Fambro, superintendent of the State Highway Patrol, said one example included a truck driver who recently found a gun alongside the Ohio Turnpike. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Superintendent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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