- a learned person, expert, or authority.
- a person who makes comments or judgments, especially in an authoritative manner; critic or commentator.
Origin of pundit
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Examples from the Web for pundit
A politician or pundit screws up on one, and is made fun of on the other.Wanted: Less Terrible Political Coverage on TV
November 19, 2014
Her message of increased military power did not please the progressive wing of the Sunday pundit class.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: September 21
September 21, 2014
But Ball recovered and went on to create a successful career as a pundit.Miss America Hypocrisy: The Vanessa Williams Nude Photo Shaming
July 23, 2014
After the mother of all press conferences, the governor got favorable reviews from the pundit class.Christie Survives Bridgegate—For Now
January 9, 2014
Pundit Niall Ferguson constructed a Twitter-based index that calculates relative prestige as the ratio of tweets to followers.How Twitter Got Huge
November 7, 2013
We had to deliver over the province of Kanchanpur to the Pundit.
See that the rich province of Kanchanpur is settled on the Pundit.
Lopez thanked the pundit and gave him sixpence,—which made the pundit suspicious.The Prime Minister
Pundit is the only conversible person on board; and he, poor soul!The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
The time I have given to it would have made me a pundit, if I had gone to work reasonably.'The Whirlpool
- an expert
- (formerly) a learned person
- Also called: pandit a Brahman learned in Sanskrit and, esp in Hindu religion, philosophy or law
Word Origin and History for pundit
1670s, "learned Hindu," especially one versed in Sanskrit lore, from Hindi payndit "a learned man, master, teacher," from Sanskrit payndita-s "a learned man, scholar," of uncertain origin. Broader application in English is first recorded 1816. Related: Punditry.