- 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
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Examples from the Web for intendant
I stooped until my lips were on a level with my intendant's ear.Bardelys the Magnificent
I believe that Rabouillet, his intendant, is in charge of Gavrillac.Scaramouche
Let me see the Intendant of this English youth, and hear more than I have yet learnt.
But he sent me his letter by the Intendant of his household, whom I knew.
Monsieur has heard of the Intendant Bigot—is perhaps acquainted with him?Fort Amity
Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
- 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
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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