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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).]


(pænˈdʒændrəm) or


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]


(pænˈdʒæn drəm)

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
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.panjandrum - an important or influential (and often overbearing) personpanjandrum - an important or influential (and often overbearing) person
important person, influential person, personage - a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events


[pænˈdʒændrəm] Njefazo m, mandamás m inv
he's the great panjandrumes el archipámpano


n (hum, pej)Wichtigtuer(in) m(f) (pej)
References in classic literature ?
Why don't you get some of your friends to go for that wooden-faced panjandrum - eh?
Let them know that their great panjandrum has got to go too, to make room for the Future of the Proletariat.
And loyalty seems nonexistent among our battling politicians who tend to get jailed or rubbed out if they insult the panjandrum in power or back the wrong party.
In it Ross told me that he had one more guest editor lined up and after that I could be the Grand Panjandrum of the column.
The show affirms anew the familiar trajectory of an artist first met as outcast who in time becomes a panjandrum of sanctioned taste.
No -- a panjandrum is not one of the many wild animals stuffed into Cyprus cages, in case you were wondering.
The Arabs will now wait to see if the Quartet will repeat its folly by appointing an even more unsuitable candidate--a truly difficult task--although many in the region think the whole panjandrum must be abandoned.
TRAHERNE: Sounds like the march of the Great Panjandrum.
Given the ironically playful title the children give him of "The Grand Panjandrum," which the OED Online defines as "a mysterious (freq.
Boldmere discovered there was, after all, room for little Ella Atzori, and Coun Bridgit Jones, council educational panjandrum, even wished the child well.
Panjandrum #1 was Lord Longford, the airheaded spouse of brilliant historian Elizabeth Longford.
After launch, the Panjandrum rolled a short distance, started weaving erratically, fell over on its side and finished up by shooting rockets in all directions, some toward the designers and military bigwigs who came to view the test.