Definition of superintendent noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌsuːpərɪnˈtendənt//
    , also BrE//ˌsjuːpərɪnˈtendənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌsuːpərɪnˈtendənt//
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  1. 1 a person who has a lot of authority and manages and controls an activity, a place, a group of workers, etc. a park superintendent the superintendent of schools in Dallas She was medical superintendent at the Institution for 28 years.
  2. 2 (abbreviation Supt) (in Britain) a police officer just above the rank of chief inspector Superintendent Livesey See related entries: The police
  3. 3 (abbreviation Supt.) (in the US) the head of a police department
  4. 4(North American English) a person whose job is to be in charge of a building and make small repairs, etc. to it
  5. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from ecclesiastical Latin superintendent- ‘overseeing’, from the verb superintendere, translating Greek episkopein.
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