[ 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.

Origin of pundit

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

Related forms

pun·dit·ic, adjectivepun·dit·i·cal·ly, adverb

Can be confused

pendant 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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