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panjandrum

[pan-jan-druh m]
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noun
  1. a self-important or pretentious official.
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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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Related Words for panjandrum

administrator, representative, minister, executive, bureaucrat, commissioner, agent, director, manager, officer, leader, secretary, premier, comptroller, exec, dignitary, top, magistrate, higher-up, governor

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Historical Examples of panjandrum

  • Same thing, I reckon, by all that you tell about that Panjandrum and his goin's on!

    The Faith Healer

    William Vaughn Moody

  • I would have died for my Panjandrum as my father died for his father.

  • My Panjandrum is deposed and transported to herd with convicts.

  • I should as soon have expected to meet the great Panjandrum himself!

    In the Days of My Youth

    Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards

  • One player is chosen to be the Panjandrum, an important personage requiring a body guard.


British Dictionary definitions for panjandrum

panjandrum

noun
  1. a pompous self-important official or person of rank
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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

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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