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panjandrum

[pan-jan-druh m] /pænˈdʒæn drəm/
noun
1.
a self-important or pretentious official.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; pseudo-Latin word (based on pan-) coined by Samuel Foote (1720-77), English dramatist and actor
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panjandrum

/pænˈdʒændrəm/
noun
1.
a pompous self-important official or person of rank
Word Origin
C18: after a character, the Grand Panjandrum, in a nonsense work (1755) by Samuel Foote, English playwright and actor
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Word Origin and History for panjandrum
n.

mock name for a pompous personage, 1755, invented by Samuel Foote (1720-1777) in a long passage full of nonsense written to test the memory of actor Charles Macklin (1697-1797), who said he could repeat anything after hearing it once.

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