Iran

geographical name
\ i-ˈrän How to pronounce Iran (audio) , -ˈran How to pronounce Iran (audio) ; ī-ˈran \
variants: or primarily before 1935 Persia \ ˈpər-​zhə How to pronounce Iran (audio) , especially British -​shə \

Definition of Iran

country in southwestern Asia bordering in the north on the Caspian Sea and in the south on the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman; an Islamic republic since 1979, formerly an empire; capital Tehran area 636,372 square miles (1,648,195 square kilometers), population 83,025,000

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Irani \ i-​ˈrä-​nē How to pronounce Iran (audio) , -​ˈra-​ \ adjective or noun

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“Iran.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Iran. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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