[soo-per-in-ten-duhnt, soo-prin-]
a person who oversees or directs some work, enterprise, establishment, organization, district, etc.; supervisor.
a person who is in charge of maintenance and repairs of an apartment house; custodian.
a high-ranking police officer, especially a chief of police or an officer ranking next above an inspector.

1545–55; < Medieval Latin superintendent- (stem of superintendēns), present participle of superintendere to superintend; see -ent Unabridged
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superintendent (ˌsuːpərɪnˈtɛndənt, ˌsuːprɪn-)
1.  a person who directs and manages an organization, office, etc
2.  (in Britain) a senior police officer higher in rank than an inspector but lower than a chief superintendent
3.  (in the US) the head of a police department
4.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) a caretaker, esp of a block of apartments
5.  of or relating to supervision; superintending
[C16: from Church Latin superintendens overseeing]

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Word Origin & History

1554, originally an ecclesiastical word meaning "bishop" or "minister who supervises churches within a district" (a loan-translation of Gk. episkopos "overseer"), from M.L. superintendentem (nom. superintendens), from prp. of L.L. superintendere "oversee," from L. 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 1588. Meaning "janitor, custodian" is from c.1935. Shortened form super first attested 1857, especially at first of overseers of sheep ranches in Australia.
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Example sentences
Our co-op requires each tenant shareholder to leave a duplicate apartment key
  with the building superintendent.
We also had a letter from a school-system superintendent expressing excitement
  about our proposed demonstrations.
Breaking this code of silence might best begin with a strong new police
For sure, this approach to running a protected area requires a park
  superintendent with both confidence and an open mind.
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