Examples from the Web for superintendent
I happened to run into the superintendent the day we got the news, and blurted out a question in an unguarded moment.
Superintendent Smith, in fact, had fielded a steady stream of complaints about him that never resulted in any direct action.
His sensitivity to this problem came out in his first sharp disagreement with his boss, VMI superintendent Francis H. Smith.
But Comey had little to say about what Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy recognizes as the core problem.
Superintendent of Schools Donald Trombley is quoted in The Ithaca Journal: “It is unbelievable hysteria.”The Stacks: The Searing Story of How Murder Stalked a Tiny New York Town|E. Jean Carroll|April 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mat Gleason, superintendent of the Oro Ranch, loafed, his back against a post.Overland Red|Henry Herbert Knibbs
He did not deny the serious charge to this superintendent of public proprieties.
It is to be noted, that the Readaris be putt in by the Kirk, and admissioun of the Superintendent.The Works of John Knox, Volume 2 (of 6)|John Knox
Together they talked over the superintendent's offer of the position of chaplain.The Sky Pilot in No Man's Land|Ralph Connor
The superintendent sprang through the open door, but was too late.The Iron Horse|R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for superintendent
Word Origin for superintendent
Word Origin and History for superintendent
1550s, originally an ecclesiastical word meaning "bishop" or "minister who supervises churches within a district" (a loan-translation of Greek episkopos "overseer"), from Medieval Latin superintendentem (nominative superintendens), from present participle of Late Latin superintendere "oversee," from Latin super "above" (see super-) + intendere "turn one's attention, direct" (see intend). Famously used by 16c. radical Protestants in place of bishop, which was to them tainted by Papacy.
[Martinists] studie to pull downe Bishopps, and set vp Superintendents, which is nothing else, but to raze out good Greeke, & enterline bad Latine. [Lyly, "Pappe with an Hatchet," 1589]
The general sense of "a person who has charge of some business" is first recorded 1580s. Meaning "janitor, custodian" is from c.1935. Shortened form super first attested 1857, especially at first of overseers of sheep ranches in Australia.