or di·wan

[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (dɪˈwɑːn) /


(formerly in India) the chief minister or finance minister of a state ruled by an Indian prince

Word Origin for dewan

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