Definition of intendant in English:


Line breaks: in¦tend|ant
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtɛnd(ə)nt


  • 1The administrator of an opera house or theatre.
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    • 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’.
  • 2chiefly • historical A title given to a high-ranking official or administrator, especially in France, Spain, Portugal, or one of their colonies.
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    • 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.



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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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