panjandrum


pan·jan·drum

noun \pan-ˈjan-drəm\
plural pan·jan·drums also pan·jan·dra\-drə\

Definition of PANJANDRUM

:  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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