[ puhn-dit ]
/ ˈpʌn dɪt /


a learned person, expert, or authority.
a person who makes comments or judgments, especially in an authoritative manner; critic or commentator.

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Origin of pundit

1665–75; < Hindi paṇḍit < Sanskrit paṇḍita learned man, (adj.) learned

Related formspun·dit·ic, adjectivepun·dit·i·cal·ly, adverb

Can be confusedpendant pendent pennant pundit

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British Dictionary definitions for pundit


/ (ˈpʌndɪt) /


an expert
(formerly) a learned person
Also called: pandit a Brahman learned in Sanskrit and, esp in Hindu religion, philosophy or law

Word Origin for pundit

C17: from Hindi pandit, from Sanskrit pandita learned man, from pandita learned

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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.

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