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 intendēns intendent- present participle of intendere to intend ; see intend .
(comparative more intendant, superlative most intendant)
- (obsolete) attentive