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panjandrum

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noun pan·jan·drum \pan-ˈjan-drəm\

Definition of panjandrum

plural pan·jan·drums also pan·jan·draplay \-drə\

  1. :  a powerful personage or pretentious official



Origin of panjandrum

Grand Panjandrum, burlesque title of an imaginary personage in some nonsense lines by Samuel Foote


First Known Use: 1856


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