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[in-ten-duh nt] /ɪnˈtɛn dənt/
a person who has the direction or management of some public business, the affairs of an establishment, etc.; a superintendent.
the title of various government officials, especially administrators serving under the French, Spanish, or Portuguese monarchies.
Origin of intendant
1645-55; < French < Latin intendent- (stem of intendēns) present participle of intendere to stetch, make an effort (for), attend (to). See intend, -ant Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I stooped until my lips were on a level with my intendant's ear.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • I believe that Rabouillet, his intendant, is in charge of Gavrillac.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • But he sent me his letter by the intendant of his household, whom I knew.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • Let me see the intendant of this English youth, and hear more than I have yet learnt.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • Monsieur has heard of the intendant Bigot—is perhaps acquainted with him?

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • It was when the intendant became corrupt that the system fell to pieces.

  • Of the palace where the intendant held his revels there are not even ruins.

  • But it was the intendant Talon who began the work in proper fashion.

    All Afloat

    William Wood
  • I had a lawyer for my intendant, who took care of the estate while I spent my time in town.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • The intendant himself has been summoned to attend a council of war today.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
British Dictionary definitions for intendant


(history) a provincial or colonial official of France, Spain, or Portugal
a senior administrator in some countries, esp in Latin America
a superintendent or manager
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for intendant

"one who has charge of some business," 1650s, from French intendant (16c.), from Latin intendantem, present participle of intendere (see intend).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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