in·​ten·​dant | \ in-ˈten-dənt How to pronounce intendant (audio) \

Definition of intendant

: an administrative official (such as a governor) especially under the French, Spanish, or Portuguese monarchies

Examples of intendant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An immediate obstacle was Howie Klein, Mr. Stein’s intendant at Sire in Burbank, who appeared at the U.K. recording studio within a few weeks to scotch the deal his boss had made. Wesley Stace, WSJ, "‘Siren Song’ Review: An Ear for What Was Next," 14 June 2018 Unlike past intendants, however, Mr. Schulz will not stage operas for the company, which has just moved back to its historic home following a seven-year renovation. A. J. Goldmann, New York Times, "Meet the New Generation Leading Berlin’s Classical Scene," 19 Jan. 2018 Matthias Schulz, 40, the incoming general manager, or intendant, of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, is the only native German among Berlin’s crop of young musical leaders. A. J. Goldmann, New York Times, "Meet the New Generation Leading Berlin’s Classical Scene," 19 Jan. 2018 The festival’s smart new intendant has his work cut out for him. John Von Rhein,, "At Salzburg Festival, operatic winds of change blow," 29 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of intendant

1652, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intendant

French, from Middle French, from Latin intendent-, intendens, present participle of intendere to intend, attend

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“Intendant.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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