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
- n. One who has the charge, direction, or management of some public business; a superintendent
- adj. Attentive.
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.
In this policy the intendant was the royal man-of-all-work.
The nominal head, called the intendant, was a high military officer who had a sufficient detail of majors, captains and lower officers to assist him in maintaining discipline.
We had a quick look around and again talked with the "intendant",
He was a survival of the old feudal government, superseded by the centralized monarchy of which the intendant was the representative. [
In what can an intendant, that is to say my subordinate, my clerk, give me umbrage or injure me, even if he is Monsieur Colbert? "
(Letter of the "intendant" Foucault): "It is an illusion, which cannot proceed from anything but blind preoccupation, that of making any distinction between obligations of conscience and the obedience which is due to the King."] [Footnote 2315: "The Ancient Régime," p. 9 and following pages.
Bigot, François 1703–78, notoriously corrupt royal intendant of New France, 1748–59
Mr. Flimm left in 2010, leaving Mr. Hinterhäuser as intendant and Thomas Oberender in charge of theater events until the current season ends.
Much of the money the government sent to Canada for royal service did end up in the pockets of highly placed thieves, and the worst malefactor was the intendant, François Bigot, whose job it was to prevent peculations, not to commit them.
David Pountney is intendant of the Bregenz festival.