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pan·jan·drum

 (păn-jăn′drəm)
n.
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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panjandrum

(pænˈdʒændrəm) or

panjandarum

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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pan•jan•drum

(pænˈdʒæn drəm)

n.
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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panjandrum

designation for a pompous official, taken from a story by Samuel Foote(1755).
See also: Bureaucracy
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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
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Translations

panjandrum

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

n (hum, pej)Wichtigtuer(in) m(f) (pej)
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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.
The panjandrums of the European Union have been placed on notice that no-deal really is back on the table.
As a young man in a hurry, he curried favor with those he deemed potentially useful, especially aging Democratic panjandrums such as Averell Harriman and Clark Clifford.
The reality is that the ICC panjandrums have been the architects of their own difficulties.
I enthusiastically participated while a graduate student in the initial incarnation of the African Psychology Institute, then a loose association of self-styled panjandrums of at that time nascent African psychology in the United States.
Using the planned re-introduction here of pine martens as his handle, he's managed to fill a whole column with digs at the Welsh, the shoutiest of which includes labelling members of Plaid Cymru, among others, as a bunch of 'tuppeny panjandrums' - a term I had to google, which I'm sure would make him happy, because, just as it's always been with a certain breed of columnist, waging spite wars with words is his USP.
Except that it wasn't the Welsh, of course, but the tuppenny panjandrums, largely from within Plaid Cymru, who preside over them.
Using the planned re-introduction here of pine martens as his handle, he's managed to fill a whole column with digs at the Welsh, the shoutiest of which includes labelling members of Plaid Cymru, among others, as a bunch of "tuppeny panjandrums" - a term I had to google, which I'm sure would make him happy, because, just as it's always been with a certain breed of columnist, waging spite wars with words is his USP.
Will the panjandrums of the Punjab government explain why permanent construction has been allowed so close to the highway against all the rules in the first place?
I suggested to the panjandrums of both events that they use the classic slogan: "Together again for the first time!"