intendant

intendant

[in-ten-duhnt]
noun
1.
a person who has the direction or management of some public business, the affairs of an establishment, etc.; a superintendent.
2.
the title of various government officials, especially administrators serving under the French, Spanish, or Portuguese monarchies.

Origin:
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)
 
n
1.  history a provincial or colonial official of France, Spain, or Portugal
2.  a senior administrator in some countries, esp in Latin America
3.  a superintendent or manager

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