panchayat

panchayat

[puhn-chah-yuht]
noun
an elective village council in India.

Origin:
1880–85; < Hindi pañcāyat

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Panchayat (pənˈtʃɑːjət)
 
n
a village council in India
 
[Hindi, from Sanskrit panch five, because such councils originally consisted of five members]

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