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

Catholic Diocese of Nashville superintendent Rebecca Hammel said Reehil has the final say at his school. USA TODAY, "Cat burglar, prison bats, USS Arizona Memorial: News from around our 50 states," 4 Sep. 2019 The Stillwater school board remains at an impasse over the future of the district’s superintendent. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Stillwater board stymied over superintendent’s future," 9 Aug. 2019 The agenda shows the board sought legal advice on a number of topics such as procurement code, retention of architects and evaluation of the superintendent. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Scottsdale school board member alleges private meetings, prompts attorney general's investigation," 18 July 2019 Video of the shooting sparked protests, a Justice Department civil rights investigation, criticism of the city's mayor, and eventually, the ouster of the police superintendent. Pierre Meilhan, CNN, "Chicago Police Board fires 4 officers over 'cover up' in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald," 18 July 2019 Berkeley Unified School District started voluntarily busing its students on a widespread level in 1968, under the direction of a progressive superintendent, Neil Sullivan. Casey Tolan, The Mercury News, "How Kamala Harris’ experience in Berkeley’s busing program shaped her life — and changed the presidential race," 28 June 2019 My boyfriend was the son of a building superintendent and a school cafeteria worker on the Lower East Side. Stacy Torres, Longreads, "How I Became ‘Rich’," 20 June 2019 In that case, the policy says staff can’t require the inmate to cut or permanently remove dreadlocks without the prior approval of the superintendent or the officer of the day., "Inmate who sued over policy regarding search of dreadlocks loses his case," 19 June 2019 The six departments with sharable employees include the office of the superintendent, business department, human resources, special education, curriculum, and operations and maintenance. Rick Kambic,, "Mundelein school districts to create cost formula for sharing employees," 10 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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