pan·​dit | \ ˈpan-dət How to pronounce pandit (audio) , ˈpən- How to pronounce pandit (audio) \

Definition of pandit

: a wise or learned man in India often used as an honorary title

Examples of pandit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her grandmother isn’t a pandit – in India, as well as in Indian diaspora communities, that’s been a domain that is largely populated by men, with cultural mores at play. Deepti Hajela, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Dec. 2021 Her father worked as a pandit -- or Hindu priest -- at a temple, and visited homes to perform rituals. Vedika Sud, Esha Mitra And Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, 11 June 2021 Juneja's story is in many ways a typical one, said Sapna Pandya, a Washington, D.C.-based pandit, the title given to Hindu religious scholars and priests who perform wedding and other spiritual rituals. NBC News, 2 Mar. 2021 The wedding ceremony was a traditional Hindu ceremony performed by a pandit (priest). Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 29 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of pandit

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pandit

Hindi paṇḍit, from Sanskrit paṇḍita

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The first known use of pandit was circa 1828

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21 Dec 2021

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“Pandit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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