pundit

[ puhn-dit ]
/ ˈpʌn dɪt /

noun

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

QUIZZES

DIVE INTO THIS BALMY SUMMERTIME SPELLING QUIZ

Do you often fall under the spell of the summer season? See if you can really spell your way through it with this quiz of popular summertime words.
Question 1 of 12

Origin of pundit

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

OTHER WORDS FROM pundit

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pundit

pendant pendent pennant pundit
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for pundit

British Dictionary definitions for pundit

pundit
/ (ˈpʌndɪt) /

noun

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012