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from The 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.


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  • 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.

    Fables For The Times

  • 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.

    Comic History of England


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