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intendant

[in-ten-duh nt] /ɪnˈtɛn dənt/
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 of intendant
1645-1655
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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  • One man or set of men was backed by the Governor for the time being, another secured the favour of the intendant.

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

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • My intendant has prepared the orders of a thousand livres, drawn upon the cities of the south; he will give you a hundred of them.

    The Man in the Iron Mask Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • Let me see the intendant of this English youth, and hear more than I have yet learnt.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • When Oswald had finished, Edward asked him whether the intendant had returned.

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

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Two servants and an intendant came to the carriage, and the postillion received eight piastres for his human freight.

  • I had a lawyer for my intendant, who took care of the estate while I spent my time in town.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • The colonist and his family heard with stupor the words of the intendant, and broke out into sobs and prayers.

  • The intendant himself has been summoned to attend a council of war today.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
British Dictionary definitions for intendant

intendant

/ɪnˈtɛndənt/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for 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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