Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An elected village council in India.
  • noun A traditional village, caste, or tribal council in South Asia.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as punchayet.

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  • noun A village council or local government in South Asia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a village council in India or southern Pakistan

Etymologies

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From Hindi पंचायत.

Examples

  • (A panchayat is a five-person elected village council.)

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  • The last time we had met the C.O., he released a measly sum of Rs. 2000 to each panchayat, which is not enough even for tea and snacks chai-nashta.

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  • The last time we had met the C.O., he released a measly sum of Rs. 2000 to each panchayat, which is not enough even for tea and snacks chai-nashta.

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  • ALAPPUZHA: The Mannancherry grama panchayat, which is all set to be declared a village with no fallow land on Saturday, is in a festive mood what with delegates from several other panchayats and students from the Kerala Agricultural University coming down to witness the declaration.

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  • Brinda Adige, daughter of an Air Force officer and wife of a businessman, entered Lakshman Rau Nagar two years ago with the traditional Indian mat of "panchayat," or local justice, when nobody else would address a flagrant case of wife-beating.

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  • Tankadhar's village falls under Lapanga gram panchayat which is surrounded by industrial units whose dependency on ground water has gone up in recent times.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • Tankadhar's village falls under Lapanga gram panchayat which is surrounded by industrial units whose dependency on ground water has gone up in recent times.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • Many of them now wield enough backdoor political clout to ignore pollution control rules, members of the 'panchayat' or local village assembly say.

    IPS Inter Press Service

  • Rau Nagar two years ago with the traditional Indian mat of "panchayat," or local justice, when nobody else would address a flagrant case of wife-beating.

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  • Bhiwani (Haryana): A community 'panchayat' on Sunday asked the family of a man, who it claims had married within the same gotra, to leave its village within a week and sell its property in three months.

    எழில்

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