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dewan

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[dih-wahn, -wawn] /dɪˈwɑn, -ˈwɔn/
noun
1.
(in India) any of certain officials, as a financial minister or prime minister of a native colony.
Origin of dewan
1680-1690
1680-90; < Hindi: minister (of state) < Persian dēvan register; see divan1
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dewan

/dɪˈwɑːn/
noun
1.
(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
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