superintendent

A superintendent is the overseer of an organization. The term superintendent is most often used to refer to someone who oversees a school district and — most importantly — decides when to declare a snow day.

A superintendent is also the caretaker for a building, like an apartment complex. The superintendent is the person to call with maintenance issues, such as a broken lock or clogged toilet. Used in this sense, the word is often shortened to "super." A superintendent was originally a church official who oversaw several churches in a district. The word comes from the Latin superintendere, which means to oversee.

Definitions of superintendent
1

n a person who directs and manages an organization

Synonyms:
overseer
Types:
ramrod
a harshly demanding overseer
school superintendent
the superintendent of a school system
Type of:
supervisor
one who supervises or has charge and direction of

n a caretaker for an apartment house; represents the owner as janitor and rent collector

Synonyms:
super
Type of:
caretaker
a custodian who is hired to take care of something (property or a person)

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