Definition of chowki in English:

chowki

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɒ̃ki
 
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noun

Indian
  • 1A police station or jail.
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    • I filed a complaint at the Shah Alam police chowki and when Sonia came here, I gave her a written statement as well’ says Jannatbibi.
    • The water body opposite the police chowki had a good mix of birds.
    • Several times the complainant approached the Ramgarh police chowki and each time a compromise was arrived at.
  • 2A low wooden seat or stool: participants in the conference will be seated on chowkis
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    • I was made to sit on a chowki covered with a velvet red cloth adorned with a yellow gold edges curiously called a ‘masala’.
    • In the courtyard my meal was laid out covered with a tray on a chowki and a neighbor woman sat near it waiting for me.

Origin

from Hindi caukī (see chokey).

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