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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A source of opinion; a critic: a political pundit.
  • n. A learned person.
  • n. Hinduism Variant of pandit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A native surveyor in British India, trained to carry out clandestine surveillance beyond British borders.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A learned man; a teacher; esp., a Brahman versed in the Sanskrit language, and in the science, laws, and religion of the Hindoos; in Cashmere, any clerk or native official.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A learned Brahman: one versed in the Sanskrit language, and in the science, laws, and religion of India: as, formerly, the Pundits of the supreme court; by extension, any learned man.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field

Etymologies

Hindi paṇḍit, learned man, from Sanskrit paṇḍitaḥ, learned, scholar, perhaps of Dravidian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hindi पण्डित (paṇḍit), from Sanskrit पण्डित (paṇḍitá, "scholar, learned man, teacher, philosopher"). (Wiktionary)

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