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. noun
    a person who directs and manages an organization
    synonyms: overseer
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    a harshly demanding overseer
    school superintendent
    the superintendent of a school system
    type of:
    one who supervises or has charge and direction of
  2. noun
    a caretaker for an apartment house; represents the owner as janitor and rent collector
    synonyms: super
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    type of:
    a custodian who is hired to take care of something (property or a person)
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