Definition of pandit in English:

pandit

Syllabification: pan·dit
Pronunciation: /ˈpəndit, ˈpan-
 
/
(also pundit)

noun

  • 1A Hindu scholar learned in Sanskrit and Hindu philosophy and religion, typically also a practicing priest: [as title]: Pandit Misir
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    • For twelve years, with the help of a team of Hindu pandits and Sanskrit scholars in Banaras, India, he struggled to bring the ancient texts into clear, accurate and inspired English.
    • Even the more skilled Hindu pundits have left to minister to communities in North America.
    • The royal hall was full with expectations, the learned pundits and intellectuals were eager to know the outcome of the debate.
  • 1.1Indian A wise man or teacher.
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    • Also we have won under Ganguly's captaincy what the cricket pandits term as the GREATEST SERIES EVER against Australia at home in 2001.
  • 1.2Indian A talented musician (used as a respectful title or form of address).
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    • A BBC presenter introduced pundit Ravi Shankar as the most famous living Indian on earth.
    • While people and pundits of other states got either one classical form or nothing to pamper and nourish, Keralites are blessed with a few.
    • But a US-based Kashmiri musician is creating ripples with a rap number that reflects the struggles and tears of displaced Kashmiri Pandits.

Origin

Of the same origin as pundit.

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