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  1. a person who supervises workers or the work done by others; superintendent.
  2. Education. an official responsible for assisting teachers in the preparation of syllabuses, in devising teaching methods, etc., in a department of instruction, especially in public schools.
  3. (in some U.S. states) the chief elected administrative officer of a township, who is often also a member of the governing board of the county.

Origin of supervisor

1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin supervīsor, equivalent to supervid-, stem of supervidēre to supervise + -tor -tor, with dt > s
Related formssu·per·vi·sor·ship, nounpre·su·per·vi·sor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for supervisor


  1. a person who manages or supervises
  2. a foreman or forewoman
  3. (in some British universities) a tutor supervising the work, esp research work, of a student
  4. (in some US schools) an administrator running a department of teachers
  5. (in some US states) the elected chief official of a township or other subdivision of a county
  6. obsolete a spectator
Derived Formssupervisorship, noun
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Word Origin and History for supervisor

"one who inspects and directs the work of others," mid-15c., from Medieval Latin supervisor, agent noun from supervidere (see supervise).

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