pandit

[puhn-dit; spelling pronunciation pan-dit]
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noun

a man in India esteemed for his wisdom or learning: often used as a title of respect.

Also pundit.

Origin of pandit

1820–30; < Hindi < Sanskrit paṇḍita

Pandit

[puhn-dit]

noun

Vi·ja·ya Lak·shmi [vi-jahy-uh lahk-shmee] /vɪˈdʒaɪ ə ˈlɑk ʃmi/, 1900–90, Indian stateswoman (sister of Jawaharlal Nehru).
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pandit

noun

Hinduism a variant of pundit (def. 3)

Pandit

noun

Vijaya Lakshmi (vɪˈjaɪə ˈlɑːkʃmɪ). 1900–90, Indian politician and diplomat; sister of Jawaharlal Nehru
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