in India, any of various high officials
Origin of dewanHindi dīwān ; from Pers: see divan
Any of various government officials in India, especially a regional prime minister.
Origin of dewanHindi dīvān, from Persian, account book.
- (historical) A holder of any of various offices in various (usually Islamic) countries, usually some sort of councillor.
Ultimately from Persian دیوان (dīvān).