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


the office of the superintendent of parks issues camping permits

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The police superintendent and his deputies should have saturated the city, not locking people up, but talking to residents in open forums about how police officers can do their jobs better. Dahleen Glanton,, "Column: Unless Chicago’s crime problem dramatically improves, Superintendent Eddie Johnson will have to go," 10 July 2019 And this is not the fault of teachers or superintendents and change must start at the top. Mike Cason |,, "Alabama school board members weigh in on plan to replace them," 9 July 2019 The San Francisco Unified School District’s superintendent and school board president are black men, both raised here, and Mayor London Breed, the first black woman to hold the post, grew up in Fillmore public housing. Lee Romney,, "Has Hollywood wised up to San Francisco’s gentrification crisis?," 3 July 2019 As school superintendents and state education directors, TFA alumni have pushed to expand charters. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, "How Teach for America Evolved Into an Arm of the Charter School Movement," 18 June 2019 But superintendents and others collecting pensions of more than $300,000 a year are another, especially when they are guaranteed to increase by 3% every year. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: If we're voting on 'fair taxes,' why can't we vote to reduce pension benefits?," 14 June 2019 The state superintendent and chancellor would be on the board with three other members appointed by the governor. Patrick O'donnell,, "New state “takeover” plan would start intervention early for schools with F grades," 12 June 2019 Lebanon’s school board and superintendent are all white. Keith Bierygolick,, "'Pick up my book, slave': The hostile environment for black students at an Ohio school district," 10 June 2019 In the summer of 2016, Robinson and Fabiani met with the district’s superintendent and reading specialists to craft an after-school homework program to help elementary school kids complete their assignments with confidence. Oona Goodin-smith,, "Thanks to a school custodian, Ambler students are getting the homework help they need," 6 June 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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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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