Pundit vs Maven - What's the difference?

pundit | maven |

As a noun pundit

is a learned person in india; someone with knowledge of sanskrit, philosophy, religion and law; a hindu scholar.

As a proper noun maven is

(nasa|space) a space probe designed to investigate the martian climate.



(wikipedia pundit)

Alternative forms

* pandit


(en noun)
  • A learned person in India; someone with knowledge of Sanskrit, philosophy, religion and law; a Hindu scholar.
  • * 1888 , (Rudyard Kipling), ‘On the City Wall’, In Black and White , Folio Society 2005, p. 430:
  • Pundits in black gowns, with spectacles on their noses and undigested wisdom in their insides; bearded headmen of the wards; [...] all these people and more also you might find in the white room.
  • (historical) A native surveyor in British India, trained to carry out clandestine surveillance beyond British borders.
  • * 1990 , (Peter Hopkirk), The Great Game , Folio Society 2010, p. 295:
  • At every hundredth pace the Pundit would automatically slip one bead. Each complete circuit of the rosary thus represented ten thousand paces.
  • A self-professed expert in a particular field, especially as called upon to provide comment or opinion in the media; a commentator, a critic.
  • * 2006 , The Observer , 4 Jun 2006:
  • This week we introduce Jenny Walker, who will be The Observer's expert pundit for the duration of the World Cup.

    See also

    * hafiz, hafez * pandit * qari'



    (wikipedia maven)


    (en noun)
  • (chiefly, US) An expert in a given field.
  • Pam is a coffee maven ; she knows so much about coffee.
  • * 2002 , Joseph H. Boyett, Jimmie T. Boyett, The Guru Guide to Marketing , page 207,
  • Connectors know people—lots of people. Mavens' know about things. They know, or find out first, what is going on. Connectors, says Gladwell, need ' mavens to tell them what to buzz about.
  • * 2006 January 23, Virginia Robbins, Opinion: Eight Steps to Leadership'', '' , page 19,
  • Besides an executive sponsor, you need to find a technology maven', someone within the company who understands the new technology. A '''maven''', as defined in Malcolm Gladwell?s ''The Tipping Point'', is a person who has both information and the social skills to pass it along. The challenge in a situation such as this one is that the ' maven might be outside of IT.
  • * 2010 , Rachel Davis Mersey, Can Journalism Be Saved?: Rediscovering America's Appetite for News , page 118,
  • The goal for any media company is to be a maven —and therefore highly adept at using multiple channels of social media communication well.

    Derived terms

    * media maven