[ pan-jan-druhm ]
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  1. a self-important or pretentious official.

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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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.

  • 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


/ (pænˈdʒændrəm) /

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

Origin of panjandrum

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

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