panchayat

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Borrowed from Hindi पंचायत (pañcāyat, panchayat (originally a council of five)).

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panchayat (plural panchayats)

  1. (South Asia, chiefly India) A village council or local government. [from late 19th C.]
    • 2004, Khushwant Singh, Burial at Sea, Penguin 2014, p. 58:
      He called a panchayat of the village and asked them if they objected to having a mill go up next to their village.
    • 2005, Salman Rushdie, Shalimar the Clown, Vintage 2006, p. 233:
      “You're in the panchayat,” she said. “So couldn't you make that official?”

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