shah

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

Recent Examples on the Web But the students settled on the U.S. Embassy, hoping to pressure Carter to send the shah back to Iran to stand trial on corruption charges. Nasser Karimi And Mohammad Nasiri, USA TODAY, "Iran student leader says he regrets 1979 US Embassy attack," 3 Nov. 2019 But the students settled on the U.S. Embassy, hoping to pressure Carter to send the shah back to Iran to stand trial on corruption charges. NBC News, "Iran student leader says he regrets 1979 U.S. Embassy attack," 2 Nov. 2019 But the students settled on the U.S. Embassy, hoping to pressure Carter to send the shah back to Iran to stand trial on corruption charges. Washington Post, "Iran student leader says he regrets 1979 US Embassy attack," 2 Nov. 2019 Perhaps Europeans believe the supreme leader has more staying power than the shah did. Eli Lake, Twin Cities, "Eli Lake: Why is Europe bailing out Iran’s regime now?," 4 Dec. 2019 Carter ordered a raid in late April 1980 to free the 52 hostages held in Iran since Nov. 4, 1979, after a revolt by Islamic militants that had forced the pro-American shah to flee the country. BostonGlobe.com, "A six-member panel of senior active and retired military officers, led by Admiral Holloway, was assembled to report to the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the planning for the raid.," 3 Dec. 2019 In this power vacuum, then-President Jimmy Carter allowed the shah to seek medical treatment in New York. Nasser Karimi And Jon Gambrell, USA TODAY, "Iran announces more violations of nuclear deal 40 years after 1979 takeover of US Embassy, hostage crisis," 4 Nov. 2019 In this power vacuum, then-President Jimmy Carter allowed the shah to seek medical treatment in New York. NBC News, "Iran student leader says he regrets 1979 U.S. Embassy attack," 2 Nov. 2019 Three years later, the shah signed a border agreement with Baghdad and shut off the weapons pipeline. Bassem Mroue, chicagotribune.com, "Who are the Kurds, and what’s their history with the United States?," 8 Oct. 2019

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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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Last Updated

6 Jan 2020

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“Shah.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shah?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=shah0001. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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shah

noun
How to pronounce shah (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shah

: a king of Iran in past times

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