Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


Any of various government officials in India, especially a regional prime minister.

[Hindi dēvān and Urdu dēwān, from Persian dēvān, variant of dīvān, government office; see divan.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(dɪˈwɑːn) or


1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (formerly in India) the chief minister or finance minister of a state ruled by an Indian prince
2. (Historical Terms) (formerly in India) the chief minister or finance minister of a state ruled by an Indian prince
[C17: from Hindi dīwān, from Persian dēvan register, book of accounts; see divan]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
References in classic literature ?
The priests knew what had happened, and the people guessed; but India is the one place in the world where a man can do as he pleases and nobody asks why; and the fact that Dewan Sir Purun Dass, K.C.I.E., had resigned position, palace, and power, and taken up the begging-bowl and ochre-coloured dress of a Sunnyasi, or holy man, was considered nothing extraordinary.
Jenna Dewan's boyfriend, Steve Kazee, just filled in for ex-husband Channing Tatum during a trip to Disneyland with the actress' daughter, Everly.
The second session of 14th Parliament sitting will convene on March 11, 2019, according to Yang Di-Pertua Dewan Rakyat.
Positive achievements of the eleven importers within the region were recognised at the presentation and Dewan Motors was attributed for the best performance in the luxury segment having the highest growth of 318 per cent across the region.
KARACHI -- Mega Conglomerate Private Limited (MCPL) has expressed interest in buying a majority stake in Dewan Cement.
German Consul General, Rainer Schmiedchen together with Dewan Motors hosted the all-new BMW 5 Series dinner at the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Karachi inviting the diplomats, artists, businessmen and other notables.
The reaffirmation follows the proposed acquisition of 100 per cent of DPHFL's equity shares for Rs.10.8 billion by a consortium led by Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd (Dewan Housing; rated 'P1+' by CRISIL).
He said the others were at Dewan Kampung Haji Abas (74 people from 18 families), Dewan Kampung Bawah Gunung (48 families from 10 families) and Dewan Terbuka Batu 48 (48 families from 13 families).
ISLAMABAD -- An arbitrator, appointed by the Supreme Court to decide a Rs36-billion scandal erupted after an increase in the wellhead gas price, has cleared Dewan Petroleum in the case.
Pioneering the concept of public charging stations in Pakistan, Dewan Motors recently installed its 7th BMW ChargeNow station at the Packages Mall in Lahore.
Jenna Dewan turned 36 today, and one of the best gifts she received on her special day was probably the sweet birthday greeting from her loving husband, Channing Tatum.
In Baling, a new centre has been opened at Dewan Orang Ramai Kampung Banggol Derom to house 56 people from 14 families.