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 Dissent was often violently quashed by SAVAK, the shah’s security service. Jeffrey Fields, The Conversation, "US and Iran have a long, troubled history," 16 Jan. 2020 The overthrown shah, fleeing Iran, entered the U.S. seeking cancer treatment. Washington Post, "Islamophobia in the US did not start with Trump, but his tweets perpetuate a long history of equating Muslims with terrorism," 29 Jan. 2020 In 1979, President Jimmy Carter formally welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping (dung shah-oh-ping) to the White House, following the establishment of diplomatic relations., "This day in history," 29 Jan. 2020 Reza Pahlavi, the son of the last shah of Iran, said Wednesday at the Hudson Institute. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "‘A final implosion’: Regime in Iran will soon collapse, says shah’s son," 15 Jan. 2020 Those funds were related to undelivered military equipment from the shah’s era. Washington Post, "Key moments in the unraveling of Iran’s nuclear deal," 14 Jan. 2020 Khamenei specifically named those aligned with the family of Iran’s late shah, ousted 40 years ago, and an exile group called the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq. Jon Gambrell, Anchorage Daily News, "Iran’s top leader warns ‘thugs’ as protests reach 100 cities," 17 Nov. 2019 Mofatteh Avenue had been named after US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose distant cousin Kermit Roosevelt, a CIA operative, played a role in the 1953 coup that toppled Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh and cemented the shah’s power., "TEHRAN — The US Embassy in Tehran remains frozen in 1979 as the 40th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis approaches, a time capsule of revolutionary graffiti, Underwood typewriters, and rotary telephones.," 3 Nov. 2019 Outside, the hospital was surrounded by a howling mob, controlled by barricades, calling for the shah’s head. New York Times, "Bjorn Thorbjarnarson, Surgeon to Warhol and the Shah, Dies at 98," 10 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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17 Feb 2020

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“Shah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of shah

: a king of Iran in past times

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