in·​ten·​dant in-ˈten-dənt How to pronounce intendant (audio)
: 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, 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, 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, 19 Jan. 2018 The festival’s smart new intendant has his work cut out for him. John Von Rhein,, 29 Aug. 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of intendant was in 1652

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“Intendant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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