Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, in Bohemian use in New York (?), a master; a boss; one who is at the head of a society or a gang.
- n. The boss or head man of a corrupt gang to whom money is improperly paid for any purpose, especially for immunity from interference by the police.
“When he brayed, they said: "Jupiter! what a magnificent bass voice he has!" and he was the pantata of that district until he died of old age.”
“The great emperor and pantata believed he was drowning, so that in an instant's time everything throughout his whole lifetime recurred to him as he went down, -- especially his breakfast.”
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