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 formspun·dit·ic, adjectivepun·dit·i·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedpendant pendent pennant pundit

Synonyms for pundit

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Contemporary Examples of pundit

Historical Examples of pundit

  • We had to deliver over the province of Kanchanpur to the Pundit.

    The Cycle of Spring

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • See that the rich province of Kanchanpur is settled on the Pundit.

    The Cycle of Spring

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • Lopez thanked the pundit and gave him sixpence,—which made the pundit suspicious.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope

  • Pundit is the only conversible person on board; and he, poor soul!

  • The time I have given to it would have made me a pundit, if I had gone to work reasonably.'

    The Whirlpool

    George Gissing

British Dictionary definitions for pundit



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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