[ in-ten-duhnt ]

  1. a person who has the direction or management of some public business, the affairs of an establishment, etc.; a superintendent.

  2. 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

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How to use intendant in a sentence

  • He told the intendant that he had brought home some fine venison, and wished his orders about it.

  • Well, the story was not badly made up,” said Edward, “only for a stag read man; and what did the intendant say to that?

  • “I hope you are not alarmed at my presence,” said the intendant, looking earnestly at the two girls.

  • Humphrey came out as soon as he perceived the intendant and his party approaching, and whispered to Edward that all was safe.

  • The intendant dismounted, and ordering everybody but his clerk to wait outside, was ushered into the cottage by Edward.

British Dictionary definitions for intendant


/ (ɪnˈtɛndənt) /

  1. history a provincial or colonial official of France, Spain, or Portugal

  2. a senior administrator in some countries, esp in Latin America

  1. a superintendent or manager

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