- (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
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The corner of the diwan is in Eastern houses the seat of honour.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of the Twelve Prophets, Vol. I
George Adam Smith
The Diwan, or collection of his poems, consists of a series of long poems, and a number of simpler lyrics.
No diwan of his is extant, though he composed verse of his own and probably a good deal of what he ascribed to earlier poets.
These are afterwards carried to the Diwan, or tribunal of state, that they may be carried into execution.
- (formerly in India) the chief minister or finance minister of a state ruled by an Indian prince
C17: from Hindi dīwān, from Persian dēvan register, book of accounts; see divan