noun pan·cha·yat \(ˌ)pənˈchäyət, -chīət\
variants: less commonly




\(ˌ)pənˈchäyət, -chīət\

Definition of panchayat



  1. 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. 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 — more at five

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