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[pan-jan-druh m] /pænˈdʒæn drəm/

a self-important or pretentious official.
a pompous self-important official or person of rank

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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