plural -s
: a chief ruler : sovereign
especially : the shah of Iran
: a powerful important personage : mogul
a conference of movie padishahs

Word History


Persian pādshāh, from Middle Persian pātakhshah, from Old Persian pati + xshay- to rule; akin to Avestan xshayeti he rules

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“Padishah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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