[ oh-ver-see-er, -seer ]
/ ˈoʊ vərˌsi ər, -ˌsɪər /


a person who oversees; supervisor; manager: the overseer of a plantation.

Origin of overseer

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at oversee, -er1

Related forms

sub·o·ver·se·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for overseer


/ (ˈəʊvəˌsiːə) /


Also called (less commonly): overlooker a person who oversees others, esp workmen
British history short for overseer of the poor; a minor official of a parish attached to the workhouse or poorhouse
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