Pundit definition

pŭndĭt
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A source of opinion; a critic.

A political pundit.

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A learned person.
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(historical) A native surveyor in British India, trained to carry out clandestine surveillance beyond British borders.
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The definition of a pundit is someone who is an expert or authority in a specific field.

An example of someone who would be considered a pundit is a political scholar who comments on politics on TV.

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An expert or knowledgeable person. From "pandit" in Hindi. See guru.
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A learned person in India; someone with knowledge of Sanskrit, philosophy, religion and law; a Hindu scholar. [from 17th c.]
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A self-professed expert in a particular field, especially as called upon to provide comment or opinion in the media; a commentator, a critic. [from 19th c.]
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A person who has or professes to have great learning; actual or self-professed authority.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pundit
Plural:
pundits

Origin of pundit

  • Hindi paṇḍit learned man from Sanskrit paṇḍitaḥ learned, scholar perhaps of Dravidian origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Hindi पण्डित (paṇḍit), from Sanskrit पण्डित (paṇḍitá, “scholar, learned man, teacher, philosopher").

    From Wiktionary