pandit

noun
pan·dit | \ ˈpan-dət , ˈpən- \

Definition of pandit 

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

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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