pun·​dit | \ˈpən-dət \

Definition of pundit 

1 : pandit

2 : a learned person : teacher

3 : a person who gives opinions in an authoritative manner usually through the mass media : critic

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Other Words from pundit

punditry \ ˈpən-​də-​trē \ noun

Synonyms for pundit


sage, savant, scholar

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The original pundits were highly respected teachers and leaders in India. Their title was taken from the Hindi word pandit, a term of respect for a wise person that itself derives from the Sanskrit pandita, meaning "learned." English speakers began using the form pundit specifically to refer to those Hindu sages as long ago as the 1600s. By the 1800s, they had also extended the term to refer to other sagacious individuals, and now pundit is often used with a hint of sarcasm to refer to informed opinion makers (such as political commentators, financial analysts, and newspaper columnists) who boldly share their views (sometimes at great length) on just about any subject that lies within their areas of expertise.

Examples of pundit in a Sentence

a moral question that has puzzled the pundits throughout the ages the new mini laptop has gotten a thumbs-up from industry pundits

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So political pundits are watching her and her neighbors closely. Seth Slabaugh, Indianapolis Star, "Sen. Joe Donnelly needs to keep his pro-Trump voters. But can he?," 12 July 2018 This week, political pundits were divided over Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "It's the Constitution, not Brett Kavanaugh liberals don't like, conservatives say," 11 July 2018 Some of the conservative media commentators and political pundits specifically urged Dorsey during their meetings to take a closer look at Moments, a feature that tracks trending national stories and issues. Tony Romm, chicagotribune.com, "Inside Facebook and Twitter's secret meetings with Trump aides and conservative leaders," 27 June 2018 Jerry Springer is a former Cincinnati mayor, a long-time television host and a political pundit. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Reports: Jerry Springer Show to end production, reruns to air on the CW," 15 June 2018 When Reform Party candidate Jesse Ventura defeated the Republican Norm Coleman and the Democrat Skip Humphrey for governor of Minnesota in 1998, political pundits saw voter disgust with The System at work. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Elections Don’t Work at All. You Can Blame the Math," 6 June 2018 And, in this, again, political pundits learn the lesson that gets drummed into every sportswriter over and over: none of us really know these guys. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The Democrats Need to Reckon With the Reckoning When Choosing Candidates," 8 May 2018 Ximena Barreto is a far-right political pundit who joined the Trump administration as deputy director of communications at HHS in December. Andrew Kaczynski, CNN, "HHS official who shared conspiracy theories and said 'forefathers would have hung' Obama is back at work," 2 May 2018 Paris Jackson, model Shaun Ross, political pundit Angela Rye, and MACRO founder and CEO Charles D. King were also spotted in the crowd. Ashley Lyle, Billboard, "Spotify Hosts Janelle Monáe's 'Dirty Computer' Album Release Party in LA," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pundit

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pundit

Hindi paṇḍit, from Sanskrit paṇḍita, from paṇḍita learned

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English Language Learners Definition of pundit

: a person who knows a lot about a particular subject and who expresses ideas and opinions about that subject publicly (such as by speaking on television and radio shows)

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