pan·​dit ˈpan-dət How to pronounce pandit (audio) ˈpən- How to pronounce pandit (audio)
: 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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Word History


Hindi paṇḍit, from Sanskrit paṇḍita

First Known Use

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pandit was circa 1828

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“Pandit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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