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pandit

Line breaks: pan¦dit
Pronunciation: /ˈpandɪt
 
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(also pundit)

Definition of pandit in English:

noun

1A Hindu scholar learned in Sanskrit and Hindu philosophy and religion, typically also a practising priest: the pandit chants the marriage mantras [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: [as title]: Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya
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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): Panditji played the refrain
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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.

Words that rhyme with pandit

bandit

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