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

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

punditic, adjective
punditically, adverb

pendant, pendent, pennant, pundit.

1. sage, guru, savant.
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pundit (ˈpʌndɪt)
1.  an expert
2.  (formerly) a learned person
3.  Also called: pandit a Brahman learned in Sanskrit and, esp in Hindu religion, philosophy or law
[C17: from Hindi pandit, from Sanskrit pandita learned man, from pandita learned]

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Word Origin & History

1672, "learned Hindu," especially one versed in Sanskrit lore, from Hindi payndit "a learned man, master, teacher," from Skt. payndita-s "a learned man, scholar," of unknown origin. Broader application in Eng. is first recorded 1816.
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Example sentences
In each case, the pundits rated the probability of several possible outcomes.
Pundits have been among the shrillest voices calling for his resignation.
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, as various pundits have wisely
These are all methods of picking alternatives that would outperform the vast
  majority of political pundits.
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