Superintendent vs Chieftain - What's the difference?

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Superintendent is a related term of chieftain.

As nouns the difference between superintendent and chieftain

is that superintendent is a person who is authorized to supervise, direct or administer something while chieftain is a leader of a clan or tribe.

As an adjective superintendent

is overseeing; superintending.




(wikipedia superintendent) (en noun)
  • A person who is authorized to supervise, direct or administer something.
  • A police rank used in Commonwealth countries, ranking above chief inspector, and below chief superintendent.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1928, author=Lawrence R. Bourne
  • , title=Well Tackled! , chapter=7 citation , passage=“No, don't,” replied the superintendent ; “in fact, I'd rather you made yourself conspicuous elsewhere. Go down to the landing stage and cross to New Brighton or Wallasey—doesn't matter which—and come back. No doubt you will be seen, and reported to have gone across.”}}
  • The manager of a building, usually a communal residence, who is responsible for keeping the facilities functional and often collecting rent or similar payments, either as also the building's landlord or on behalf of same. Often abbreviated "super".
  • (chiefly, US) A janitor.
  • Synonyms

    * manager * foreman * chief, head, head man * controller, comptroller * overseer * supervisor

    Derived terms

    * (abbreviation) * SP (abbreviation) * chief superintendent * detective superintendent (DSupt) * detective chief superintendent (DCS)

    See also

    * (policing ) police constable (PC), woman police constable (WPC), detective constable (DC), detective sergeant (DS), detective inspector (DI), detective chief inspector (DCI)


  • Overseeing; superintending.
  • chieftain



    (en noun)
  • A leader of a clan or tribe.
  • A leader of a group, e.g. a robbers' chieftain.
  • Synonyms

    * (A very powerful person) chief, big gun, big shot, big wheel, bigwig, boss, employer, foreman, head, heid bummer, leader, mandarin, manager, mover and shaker, top banana, top dog, tycoon