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A chief minister of the Maratha princes from 1660; (usually with capital initial) any of the rulers of the Maratha kingdom, in central India, from 1713 until 1818.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in William Foster (b. 1591), Church of England clergyman and writer. From Urdu pešwā chief, leader from Persian † pēšwā (now pīšwā).
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