panchayat

[ puhn-chah-yuht ]
/ pənˈtʃɑ yət /

noun

an elective village council in India.

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Origin of panchayat

First recorded in 1880–85, panchayat is from the Hindi word pañcāyat
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British Dictionary definitions for panchayat

Panchayat
/ (pənˈtʃɑːjət) /

noun

a village council in India

Word Origin for Panchayat

Hindi, from Sanskrit panch five, because such councils originally consisted of five members
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