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panchayat

[puh n-chah-yuh t] /pənˈtʃɑ yət/
noun
1.
an elective village council in India.
Origin of panchayat
1880-1885
First recorded in 1880-85, panchayat is from the Hindi word pañcāyat
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  • How often is one informed, ‘with authority,’ that the panchayat of which we catch glimpses must be only a caste panchayat!

  • Breaches of caste rules and customs are enquired into by a panchayat presided over by a headman called Kattemaniavaru.

  • The panchayat is only a rough and ready way of settling disputes, or punishing minor offences.

    India and the Indians Edward F. Elwin
  • There is another reason why the panchayat, as applied to Christian congregations, is not altogether wholesome.

    India and the Indians Edward F. Elwin
  • He however refused to accept the decision and said that he would go and find two people to represent him on the panchayat.

    Folklore of the Santal Parganas Cecil Henry Bompas
  • No one could deny that the reason was a good one and so the panchayat had to allow the divorce.

    Folklore of the Santal Parganas Cecil Henry Bompas
  • So off went the owner of the cow to the Raja and told him that he wanted to call a panchayat.

    Folklore of the Santal Parganas Cecil Henry Bompas
  • However he had to give back the cow and pay twenty-five rupees to the panchayat.

    Folklore of the Santal Parganas Cecil Henry Bompas
British Dictionary definitions for panchayat

Panchayat

/pənˈtʃɑːjət/
noun
1.
a village council in India
Word Origin
Hindi, from Sanskrit panch five, because such councils originally consisted of five members
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