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intendance

[in-ten-duh ns] /ɪnˈtɛn dəns/
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.
Origin
1730-1740
1730-40; < French; see intendant, -ance
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British Dictionary definitions for intendance

intendance

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