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(pan jan′drəm),USA pronunciation n.
- a self-important or pretentious official.
- pseudo-Latin word (based on pan-) coined by Samuel Foote (1720–77), English dramatist and actor 1745–55
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panjandrum /pænˈdʒændrəm/ n
Etymology: 18th Century: after a character, the Grand Panjandrum, in a nonsense work (1755) by Samuel Foote, English playwright and actor
- a pompous self-important official or person of rank