panchayat

noun
pan·​cha·​yat
variants: or less commonly panchayet or punchayet \ (ˌ)pənˈchäyət , -​chīət \
plural -s

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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History and Etymology for panchayat

Hindi pañcāyat, from Sanskrit pañca five

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