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intendance

[in-ten-duh ns]
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noun
  1. an administrative department, especially one in the government system introduced by the French statesman Richelieu during the 17th century, or the officials in charge of it.
  2. the official quarters of an intendant.
  3. the function of an intendant; superintendence; intendancy.
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Origin of intendance

From French, dating back to 1730–40; see origin at intendant, -ance
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Examples from the Web for intendance

Historical Examples

  • Arriving at the Intendance, he had awaited Doltaire's coming.

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  • This is the second time he has been feasted at the Intendance when he should have been in prison.

  • Another, he come and say, 'Voban, he can not keep away from the Intendance.

  • Doltaire's imprisonment in a room of the Intendance was not so mysterious as suggestive.

  • Defects in administration by the Intendance, and general obstructiveness in that branch of the service.


British Dictionary definitions for intendance

intendance

noun
  1. any of various public departments, esp in France
  2. a less common word for superintendenceSee superintendence
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