ayatollah

noun aya·tol·lah \ ˌī-ə-ˈtō-lə , -ˈtä- , -ˈtə- , ˈī-ə-ˌ \

Definition of ayatollah

:a religious leader among Shiite Muslims used as a title of respect especially for one who is not an imam

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Origin and Etymology of ayatollah

Persian āyatollāh, literally, sign of God, from Arabic āyatallāh, from āya sign, miracle + allāh God

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