variants or less commonly panchayet or punchayet
plural -s
: a village council in India:
: a former group of five influential older men acknowledged by the community as its governing body
: an elective council of about five members organized in the republic of India as an organ of village self-government
: a Parsi council of six dasturs and ten mobeds regulating secular affairs

Word History


Hindi pañcāyat, from Sanskrit pañca five

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“Panchayat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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