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 Even the shah would blame the Soviets and British for having a hand in being ultimately pushed from power. Jon Gambrell,, 14 Jan. 2022 Then in 1979 Iran ousted the shah, who was replaced by a theocratic administration. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Dec. 2021 His father Nasrollah Banisadr was an ayatollah, a high-ranking Shiite cleric, who opposed the policies of the shah’s father, Reza Shah., 10 Oct. 2021 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

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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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16 Jan 2022

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“Shah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of shah

: a king of Iran in past times

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