- 1chiefly • historical A title given to a high-ranking official or administrator, especially in France, Spain, Portugal, or one of their colonies.More example sentences
- Colonies were under the control of governors and officials called intendants without the interference of representative bodies.
- Moreover despite official regulations stipulating that intendants should not spend more than three years in one generality, or be sent to their own regions, these rules were regularly flouted.
- To centralize the administration, an intendant was put in charge of each province, and in 1717 the executive bureaus of the government were reorganized.
- 2The administrator of an opera house or theater.More example sentences
- Strauss devised his music for Enoch Arden to strengthen his Munich position with Ernst von Possart, intendant of the Court Theatre.
- Soon all but two of the East German theatre intendants will be gone, and only West German intendants will remain.
- In his memoirs, Drummond took McMaster to task for not making more of an impact with opera, given that he is ‘one of the most gifted opera intendants of our time’.
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- Louis XIV could do more than most of his contemporaries, particularly after the consolidation of the national intendancy in the 1690s had created a central government machinery entirely under its own control.
- By shining there they could legitimately hope to be appointed to one of the 34 intendancies, which were always filled from their ranks.
mid 17th century: from French, from Latin intendere 'to direct' (see intend).
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