a self-important or pretentious official.
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How to use panjandrum in a sentence
He and his scheme were referred to me, the panjandrum being graciously pleased to be unable to make head or tail of it.The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce | Ambrose Bierce
panjandrum, pan-jan′drum, n. an imaginary figure of great power and importance, a burlesque potentate.
When he was here before, teachin' singin' school, he wasn't such a Grand panjandrum.Fair Harbor | Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Do you mean to say that you actually don't even know where the land of the Grand panjandrum is?The Mysterious Shin Shira | George Edward Farrow
Let them know that their great panjandrum has got to go too, to make room for the Future of the Proletariat.The Secret Agent | Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for panjandrum
a pompous self-important official or person of rank
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