intendant

[ in-ten-duh nt ]
/ ɪnˈtɛn dənt /
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noun

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
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intendant

/ (ɪnˈtɛndənt) /

noun

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

intendant


n.

"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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