Definition of panchayat
1 : a village council in India: a : a former group of five influential older men acknowledged by the community as its governing body b : an elective council of about five members organized in the republic of India as an organ of village self-government
2 : a Parsi council of six dasturs and ten mobeds regulating secular affairs
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Origin and Etymology of panchayat
Hindi pañcāyat, from Sanskrit pañca five
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