or di·wan

[dih-wahn, -wawn]


(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

Examples from the Web for dewan

Historical Examples of dewan

  • The Dewan shall confer with you, and let you know my pleasure.

    Athelstane Ford

    Allen Upward

  • In the southern part is the province of Mooltan, governed in 1848 by Dewan Moolraj.

    Our Soldiers

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • If the Dewan sent to ask her about anything her heart beat with fear.

    The Poison Tree

    Bankim Chandra Chatterjee

  • Soon after, the Dewan sent word to the mistress that the estate was going to ruin.

    The Poison Tree

    Bankim Chandra Chatterjee

  • Dewan, Ministers, officials, guards were hustled and swept aside.

    The Elephant God

    Gordon Casserly

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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