[in-ten-duh nt]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for intendant

Historical Examples of intendant

  • I stooped until my lips were on a level with my intendant's ear.

  • I believe that Rabouillet, his intendant, is in charge of Gavrillac.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • But he sent me his letter by the Intendant of his household, whom I knew.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • Let me see the Intendant of this English youth, and hear more than I have yet learnt.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • Monsieur has heard of the Intendant Bigot—is perhaps acquainted with him?

    Fort Amity

    Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

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
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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).

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