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or diwan

[dih-wahn, -wawn] /dɪˈwɑn, -ˈwɔn/
(in India) any of certain officials, as a financial minister or prime minister of a native colony.
Origin of dewan
1680-90; < Hindi: minister (of state) < Persian dēvan register; see divan1 Unabridged
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  • Placing the care of everything in the hands of the dewan during his temporary absence, he set forth on his wanderings.

    The Poison Tree Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
  • If the dewan sent to ask her about anything her heart beat with fear.

    The Poison Tree Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
  • There were once a Raja and his dewan who had each one son, and the two boys were great friends.

    Folklore of the Santal Parganas Cecil Henry Bompas
  • By this lucky chance the dewan earned his reward from the Raja.

    Folklore of the Santal Parganas Cecil Henry Bompas
  • Thou wilt see this one, for he is ever with the dewan, who has ordered that thou goest to him before seeing the Rajah.

    The Elephant God Gordon Casserly
  • It is the business of all, from the ryots to the dewan, to conceal and deceive.

  • He hated but he feared the white men, and he had not implicit faith in the dewan's talk of their speedy overthrow.

    The Elephant God Gordon Casserly
  • October came, and a new dewan was formed with delegates from Alexandria and other towns as members.

  • Soon after, the dewan sent word to the mistress that the estate was going to ruin.

    The Poison Tree Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
  • In the palmy days of the Mogul empire, every province was governed by two officials, the Nawab and the dewan.

    India Under British Rule James Talboys Wheeler
British Dictionary definitions for dewan


(formerly in India) the chief minister or finance minister of a state ruled by an Indian prince
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi dīwān, from Persian dēvan register, book of accounts; see divan
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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