Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An administrative official serving a French, Spanish, or Portuguese monarch.
  • n. A district administrator in some countries of Latin America.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An administrator in certain countries in Latin America
  • n. An administrator serving the king or queen in France, Spain or Portugal.
  • adj. attentive

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Attentive.
  • n. One who has the charge, direction, or management of some public business; a superintendent

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who has the oversight, direction, or management of some public business; a superintendent; a manager: used as a title of many public officers in France and other European countries: as, an intendant of marine; an intendant of finance.
  • n. Specifically— In Canadian law, the second officer in Canada under the French rule, having civil and maritime jurisdiction.
  • n. In Mexican law, the chief officer of the treasury or of the district; a high functionary having administrative and some judicial power: in this use also written, as Spanish, intendente.

Etymologies

French, from Old French, administrator, from Latin intendēns, intendent-, present participle of intendere, to intend; see intend.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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