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[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.
1665-75; < Hindi paṇḍit < Sanskrit paṇḍita learned man, (adj.) learned
Related forms
punditic, adjective
punditically, adverb
Can be confused
pendant, pendent, pennant, pundit.
1. sage, guru, savant. Unabridged
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  • In each case, the pundits rated the probability of several possible outcomes.
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  • Industry pundits have doubts about the future of both services.
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British Dictionary definitions for pundits


an expert
(formerly) a learned person
Also called pandit. a Brahman learned in Sanskrit and, esp in Hindu religion, philosophy or law
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi pandit, from Sanskrit pandita learned man, from pandita learned
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pundits



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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