Definition of shah
: a sovereign of Iran
shahdomplay \ˈshä-dəm, ˈshȯ-\ noun
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The CIA's role in the coup, which toppled Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddegh and cemented the control of the shah, was already well-known by the time the State Department offered its first compendium on the era in 1989.
But protests supporting the shah, fanned in part by the CIA, led to Mosaddegh’s fall and the monarch’s return.
As Iran’s first Supreme Leader, Khomeini is a towering figure in the country and was its revolutionary leader in the 1979 ouster of the shah.
In the 1960s, Khomeini was one of the staunchest opponents of the ruling shah and the West.
The Gulf Cooperation Council, known by the acronym GCC, formed in 1981 in the wake of Iran’s Islamic Revolution overthrowing the shah and installing its clerically overseen government.
But the uprising quickly chased the terminally ill shah from his throne.
But Nixon had become a political liability to the shah, who refused to see him on his Middle Eastern tour.
Rouhani served as a military conscript under the shah though opposing him.
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Definition of shah for English Language Learners
: a king of Iran in past times
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