(in India) any of certain officials, as a financial minister or prime minister of a native colony.
Origin of dewan
minister (of state) < Persian dēvan
register; see divan1
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Examples from the Web for dewan
Historical Examples of dewan
The Dewan shall confer with you, and let you know my pleasure.
In the southern part is the province of Mooltan, governed in 1848 by Dewan Moolraj.
If the Dewan sent to ask her about anything her heart beat with fear.
Soon after, the Dewan sent word to the mistress that the estate was going to ruin.
Dewan, Ministers, officials, guards were hustled and swept aside.
British Dictionary definitions for dewan
(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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