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panjandrum

[ pan-jan-druhm ]
/ pænˈdʒæn drəm /
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noun

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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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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