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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.
an expert
(formerly) a learned person
Also called pandit. a Brahman learned in Sanskrit and, esp in Hindu religion, philosophy or law

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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