Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A source of opinion; a critic.
  • noun A learned person.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun India 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Hindi paṇḍit, learned man, from Sanskrit paṇḍitaḥ, learned, scholar, perhaps of Dravidian origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • yo yo yo that's me ghetto boy

    December 8, 2007

  • See pandit.

    August 3, 2008

  • an Indian teacher

    August 16, 2008

  • and now it's any talking head that appears on the telly

    May 5, 2009