• WordNet 3.6
    • n panjandrum an important or influential (and often overbearing) person
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n panjandrum An imaginary personage of much power or pretension; a burlesque potentate, plenipotentiary, or Great Mogul.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Panjandrum pan-jan′drum an imaginary figure of great power and importance, a burlesque potentate
    • Panjandrum Also Panjan′darum
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In literature:

But I shouldn't wonder if the Great Panjandrum and his folks was reminded that that Lane was still open, that's all.
"The Rise of Roscoe Paine" by Joseph C. Lincoln
You'd think he was the Grand Panjandrum.
"Cape Cod Stories" by Joseph C. Lincoln
He wouldn't do the Grand Panjandrum over her more'n once.
"Cap'n Dan's Daughter" by Joseph C. Lincoln
Of Great Panjandrum race, He's Autocrat and Oracle in one.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100, March 28, 1891" by Various
Are you responsible for this panjandrum to-night?
"A Court of Inquiry" by Grace S. Richmond
And that's why the children thought the next story should be about the Great Panjandrum.
"Queer Stories for Boys and Girls" by Edward Eggleston
There were abbots and prelates, knights and squires, and all who delighted to honor the great panjandrum of Rheims.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
I say, Herrick, why is a mandarin like the Grand Panjandrum?
"Blue Jackets" by George Manville Fenn
He seems to be Grand Panjandrum now.
"Fitz the Filibuster" by George Manville Fenn
When he was here before, teachin' singin' school, he wasn't such a Grand Panjandrum.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln