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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).]
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(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]
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(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]
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designation for a pompous official, taken from a story by Samuel Foote(1755).
See also: Bureaucracy
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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
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[pænˈdʒændrəm] Njefazo m, mandamás m inv
he's the great panjandrumes el archipámpano
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n (hum, pej)Wichtigtuer(in) m(f) (pej)
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Let them know that their great panjandrum has got to go too, to make room for the Future of the Proletariat.
There's also a working version of a Second World War weapon called The Great Panjandrum. And he'll team up with pals to build a trio of Mad Max-style post-apocalyptic monsters using junk cars and scrapyard salvage.
Christened the Great Panjandrum, the contrivance was to contain some 4,000 pounds of explosive and reach a speed of 60 mph by means of a score of rockets around its perimeter.
wearing a big, and happily of those scan images But sadly all these proved to be as much use as Britain's Great Panjandrum revolving rocket bomb on D-Day.

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