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1. An elected village council in India.
2. A traditional village, caste, or tribal council in South Asia.
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a village council in India
[Hindi, from Sanskrit panch five, because such councils originally consisted of five members]
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|Noun||1.||panchayat - a village council in India or southern Pakistan|
council - a body serving in an administrative capacity; "student council"
Bharat, India, Republic of India - a republic in the Asian subcontinent in southern Asia; second most populous country in the world; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
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