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

Definition of shah

: a sovereign of Iran

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Other Words from shah

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

Examples of shah in a Sentence

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They were owned by the shah of Iran and the maharishis of India. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "A man who can build a car by hand leads Ford into future; 'He’s just never afraid'," 19 June 2019 Khamenei, who was then Iran’s President, was in New York for the U.N. General Assembly—the first visit by a top revolutionary leader since the 1979 upheaval that overthrew the shah. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "A Tanker War in the Middle East—Again?," 14 June 2019 That help ended once Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution overthrew the shah. Washington Post, "AP EXPLAINS: What is Iran’s atomic deal? Why is it targeted?," 8 May 2018 That seems to have plenty of currency in the region now, though some would also argue the U.S. has long played an incendiary role in the region, from reinstating the shah in Iran in the 1950s up to and including its wars in Iraq to the present day. Washington Post, "Mideast conflicts connected by vying powerbrokers," 17 May 2018 The 1979 Islamic Revolution that overthrew the shah caused ties to cool until the mid-1980s. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "Iran looks warily to China for help as US sanctions resume," 12 Sep. 2018 In 1977, Princess Shams Pahlavi, older sister of the shah of Iran, acquired the current property, an assemblage of 17 lots, through proxies. Alex Bhattacharji, Town & Country, "An Empty Lot Above Beverly Hills Is the Most Expensive Real Estate in the World," 17 Jan. 2019 In the 1970s, the U.S. considered selling the shah of Iran 23 reactors. Jamie Fly And, WSJ, "Khashoggi’s Killing Should Be a Nuclear Red Flag," 28 Oct. 2018 Rather than abandoning the project of nationalism inherited from the shah, the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) has extended it, expressing nationalist ideas through religious precepts and values. Shervin Malekzadeh, Washington Post, "What Trump doesn’t get about ideology in Iran. It’s about nationalism, not theocracy.," 25 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of shah

: a king of Iran in past times

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