panjandrum

[ pan-jan-druh m ]
/ pænˈdʒæn drəm /

noun

a self-important or pretentious official.

Nearby words

  1. panini,
  2. panino,
  3. paniolo,
  4. panivorous,
  5. panjabi,
  6. panjim,
  7. pankhurst,
  8. pankhurst, emmeline goulden,
  9. panko,
  10. panleukopenia

Origin of panjandrum

1745–55; pseudo-Latin word (based on pan-) coined by Samuel Foote (1720–77), English dramatist and actor

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British Dictionary definitions for panjandrum

panjandrum

/ (pænˈdʒændrəm) /

noun

a pompous self-important official or person of rank

Word Origin for panjandrum

C18: after a character, the Grand Panjandrum, in a nonsense work (1755) by Samuel Foote, English playwright and actor

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Word Origin and History for panjandrum

panjandrum

n.

mock name for a pompous personage, 1755, invented by Samuel Foote (1720-1777) in a long passage full of nonsense written to test the memory of actor Charles Macklin (1697-1797), who said he could repeat anything after hearing it once.

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