(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 diwan
Historical Examples of diwan
The corner of the diwan is in Eastern houses the seat of honour.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for diwan
(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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