a director, manager of a public business, superintendent, etc.: term applied to certain foreign officials, as to the supervisors of any of certain districts in Spanish America
Origin of intendantFrench intendant or Spanish intendente, both ; from Classical Latin intendens, present participle of intendere: see intend
- An administrative official serving a French, Spanish, or Portuguese monarch.
- A district administrator in some countries of Latin America.
Origin of intendantFrench, from Old French, administrator, from Latin intend&emacron;ns, intendent-, present participle of intendere, to intend; see intend.
(comparative more intendant, superlative most intendant)
- (obsolete) attentive