Definition of superintendent in English:

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Pronunciation: /suːp(ə)rɪnˈtɛnd(ə)nt/


1A person who manages or superintends an organization or activity: the southern area superintendent superintendent of district nurses [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.
manager, director, administrator, supervisor, overseer, controller, boss, chief, head, governor, organizer, conductor, foreman
informal honcho, gaffer
1.1(In the UK) a police officer ranking above chief inspector: [as title]: Superintendent Bennet
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  • One of the men arrested was a former superintendent of Hampshire.
  • These permit a Garda chief superintendent to make a case to the High Court for an order to freeze, and where appropriate dispose of, the proceeds of crime.
  • The Home Office did concede one point - proposals over the warrant issue originally said a warrant would be OK if simply approved by a police superintendent or equivalent.
1.2(In the US) a high-ranking official, especially the chief of a 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.
1.3North 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, custodian, keeper, watchman, steward


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

  • intend from Middle English:

    The early spelling was entend which meant ‘direct the attention to’, from Old French entendre from Latin intendere ‘intend, extend, direct’, literally ‘stretch towards’. Intense (Late Middle English) comes from a past form of the Latin, and superintendent (mid 16th century) is from Latin superintendere ‘to oversee’.

Words that rhyme with superintendent

appendant, ascendant, attendant, codependent, defendant, descendant, descendent, intendant, interdependent, pendant, pendent, splendent, transcendent

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