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An important or self-important person: "a panjandrum of the publishing business" (Nat Hentoff).
[After the Grand Panjandrum, , a character in a nonsense farrago written by Samuel Foote (1720-1777).]
n, pl -ra (-rə)
a pompous self-important official or person of rank
[C18: after a character, the Grand Panjandrum, in a nonsense work (1755) by Samuel Foote, English playwright and actor]
a self-important or pretentious official.
[1745–55; pseudo-Latin word (based on pan-) coined by Samuel Foote (1720–77), English playwright and actor]
designation for a pompous official, taken from a story by Samuel Foote(1755).See also: Bureaucracy