Definition of superintendent in English:


Syllabification: su·per·in·tend·ent
Pronunciation: /ˌso͞op(ə)r(ə)nˈtendənt


1A person who manages or superintends an organization or activity: the construction superintendent [as modifier]: the superintendent registrar
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  • The colour of the hard hat at this yard distinguishes between workers and seniority with the shop floor manual workers wearing red hats and foremen, superintendents and management wearing white hats.
  • The firm's field employees, including superintendents, project managers, carpenters, and laborers, are scattered on jobsites.
  • This program, which involves the participation of golf course superintendents as industry advisors, is the focus of this article.
1.1A high-ranking official, especially the head of a large urban police department.
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  • Better communication, says the senior superintendent of police, can warn authorities of any impending danger, so they can evacuate thousands under threat.
  • The man is a police superintendent who will shortly begin aiding the police in their search for the girl's killer.
1.2North American The caretaker of a building.
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  • Any movie featuring a rat leaping from a toilet to attack, or a sloppy building superintendent delivering a soliloquy on animal rights to his menagerie of pets, ranks up there with one of the campy creature classics of all time.
  • Whittling countless hours away at the telephone, he spews forth acrimonious threats at the building's neglectful superintendent.
  • The Guildhall itself will run as normally as possible during the inquiry, according to the building superintendent.
caretaker, janitor, warden, porter


mid 16th century: from ecclesiastical Latin superintendent- 'overseeing', from the verb superintendere (see superintend).

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