su·​per·​vi·​sor ˈsü-pər-ˌvī-zər How to pronounce supervisor (audio)
: one that supervises
especially : an administrative officer in charge of a business, government, or school unit or operation
supervisory adjective

Examples of supervisor in a Sentence

The supervisor fired him after he showed up at work drunk. If you have a problem, go to your supervisor.
Recent Examples on the Web But the loveliest element is the musical performance by the supervisor with his choir and orchestra group. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Feb. 2024 May 1, 2023 Bass and her allies, including county supervisor Hilda Solis, account for five votes on the Metro board. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2024 Those changes were set to go before county supervisors next month for approval, but Andrew Strong, director of the county’s Office of Equity & Racial Justice, said Thursday that may also be postponed, depending on the outcome of Vargas’ proposal. Emily Alvarenga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Feb. 2024 Jules is a filmmaker and writer Jules is a script supervisor and filmmaker who has credits in many projects including The Phantom (1996), Mortal Kombat (1995), The 6th Day (2000) and xXx (2002), per her IMDb bio. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 The complaint alleges that other recruiters and Marine Corps supervisors should have recognized signs of Champagne’s inappropriate behavior and should’ve acted to stop it. Emily Brindley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 This development tool collects confidential, anonymous feedback from peers, supervisors, and direct reports about your behaviors and competencies. Leon E. Moores, Md, Dsc, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Yamazaki is nominated alongside decades-long collaborator Kiyoko Shibuya, who was VFX supervisor and VFX producer and is only the fifth woman nominated in the category (just two women, Suzanne M. Benson for Aliens in 1987 and Sara Bennett for Ex Machina in 2016, have won). Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Feb. 2024 That’s up from 45 in 2017, when Hahn and other supervisors expressed dismay at the department’s paltry number. Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from supervidēre

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of supervisor was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Supervisor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


su·​per·​vi·​sor ˈsü-pər-ˌvī-zər How to pronounce supervisor (audio)
: a person who supervises
especially : an officer in charge of a unit or an operation of a business, government, or school
supervisory adjective

Legal Definition


su·​per·​vi·​sor ˈsü-pər-ˌvī-zər How to pronounce supervisor (audio)
: one that directs or oversees a person, group, department, organization, or operation
specifically : the popularly elected chief administrative official of a township or other subdivision in some states of the U.S.
supervisory adjective

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