shah

noun, often capitalized
\ ˈshä How to pronounce shah (audio) , ˈshȯ \

Definition of shah

: a sovereign of Iran

Other Words from shah

shahdom \ ˈshä-​dəm How to pronounce shah (audio) , ˈshȯ-​ \ noun

Examples of shah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These tensions led the shah to recall Mr. Zahedi after just two years. New York Times, 21 Nov. 2021 Zahedi would marry Shahnaz, the shah’s first daughter. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021 The fall of the U.S.-allied shah transfixed America, as nightly images of blindfolded hostages played on television sets across the nation. Fox News, 4 Nov. 2021 In his first weeks in power, Banisadr worked to bring order to the shambles that had been left by the collapse of the shah's government. The New York Times, Arkansas Online, 10 Oct. 2021 In his first weeks in power, Mr. Bani-Sadr worked to bring order to the shambles that had been left by the collapse of the shah’s government. New York Times, 9 Oct. 2021 But since the 1979 revolution overthrew the shah, Iran’s theocracy has cited voter turnout as a sign of its legitimacy, beginning with its first referendum that won 98.2% support that simply asked whether or not people wanted an Islamic Republic. Fox News, 20 June 2021 Construction on Bushehr, on the coast of the northern reaches of the Persian Gulf, began under Iran's shah in the mid-1970s. Fox News, 21 June 2021 But since the 1979 revolution overthrew the shah, Iran’s theocracy has cited voter turnout as a sign of its legitimacy, beginning with its first referendum that won 98.2% support that simply asked whether or not people wanted an Islamic Republic. Fox News, 20 June 2021

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First Known Use of shah

1566, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shah

Persian shāh king — more at check

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24 Nov 2021

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“Shah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shah. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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shah

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shah

: a king of Iran in past times

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