Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An important or self-important person.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An imaginary personage of much power or pretension; a burlesque potentate, plenipotentiary, or Great Mogul.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An important, powerful or influential person.
  • noun A self-important or pretentious person.
  • noun military A massive, rocket-propelled, explosive-laden cart designed by the British military during World War II.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an important or influential (and often overbearing) person

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After the Grand Panjandrum, a character in a nonsense farrago written by Samuel Foote (1720–1777).]

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Coined as a nonce word in the 18th century by Samuel Foote.

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