pandit

noun
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

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Recent Examples on the Web The wedding ceremony was a traditional Hindu ceremony performed by a pandit (priest). Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "An Intimate Hindu Wedding Amid the Santa Monica Mountains," 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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“Pandit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pandit. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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