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dewan

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[dih-wahn, -wawn]
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noun
  1. (in India) any of certain officials, as a financial minister or prime minister of a native colony.
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Origin of dewan

1680–90; < Hindi: minister (of state) < Persian dēvan register; see divan1
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diwan

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diwan

noun
  1. (formerly in India) the chief minister or finance minister of a state ruled by an Indian prince
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Word Origin

C17: from Hindi dīwān, from Persian dēvan register, book of accounts; see divan
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