panchayat

[ puh n-chah-yuh t ]
/ pənˈtʃɑ yət /
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noun

an elective village council in India.

Nearby words

  1. pancarditis,
  2. pancetta,
  3. pancha sila,
  4. panchaia,
  5. panchax,
  6. panchen,
  7. panchen lama,
  8. panchetto,
  9. panchreston,
  10. panchromatic

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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