WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
pan•jan•drum  (pan jandrəm),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. 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
  1. a pompous self-important official or person of rank
Etymology: 18th Century: after a character, the Grand Panjandrum, in a nonsense work (1755) by Samuel Foote, English playwright and actor


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