[puh n-chah-yuh t]

Origin of panchayat

First recorded in 1880–85, panchayat is from the Hindi word pañcāyat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for panchayat

Historical Examples of panchayat

  • How often is one informed, ‘with authority,’ that the panchayat of which we catch glimpses must be only a caste panchayat!

  • Breaches of caste rules and customs are enquired into by a panchayat presided over by a headman called Kattemaniavaru.

  • The Panchayat is only a rough and ready way of settling disputes, or punishing minor offences.

    India and the Indians

    Edward F. Elwin

  • There is another reason why the Panchayat, as applied to Christian congregations, is not altogether wholesome.

    India and the Indians

    Edward F. Elwin

  • He however refused to accept the decision and said that he would go and find two people to represent him on the panchayat.

British Dictionary definitions for panchayat


  1. 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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