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 The 220-carat all-white-diamond bib was commissioned by the queen from Van Cleef & Arpels to celebrate the wedding of her daughter Princess Fawzia of Egypt to the shah of Iran. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 15 June 2022 But underneath the glitter, the shah fast-tracked the country’s modernization and advancement, and the empress played an instrumental role. Cyrill Matter, Town & Country, 28 Apr. 2022 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. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, 19 June 2021 Pahlavi first met the artist at a 1975 White House State Dinner given for the shah by President Gerald Ford. Cyrill Matter, Town & Country, 28 Apr. 2022 His father was installed as prime minister, and Mr. Zahedi served as his liaison with the shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2021 His earlier detention by the shah’s government may have misled him into thinking he wouldn’t be targeted by the revolutionaries. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 Since the shah’s government had paid in advance, the new Iranian government demanded repayment for the tanks that were never delivered. NBC News, 17 Mar. 2022 Alarmed by the enormous Soviet military program and the overthrow of the shah, NATO countries agreed to each undertake a 3% increase in real defense spending. WSJ, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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8 Aug 2022

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“Shah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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