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 Iran still relies on weaponry purchased under the shah due to international sanctions. Nasser Karimi, Anchorage Daily News, "Friendly-fire incident during training exercise kills at least 19 Iranian sailors," 11 May 2020 He was succeeded by Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, also known as the shah of Iran, who kept a pro-Western foreign policy and was seen by many as suppressing political opposition. 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 There was no embargo in 1979, but there was a production cut attendant upon the overthrow of the shah of Iran, a significant price increase, and, again, market chaos in the U.S. caused by the imposition of price and allocation controls. Benjamin Zycher, National Review, "Oil-Market Central Planning: Not Just for Socialists Anymore," 30 Mar. 2020 Opera was taboo, but a performance one evening in the red-cushioned opera house of the former shah, which was billed as Kurdish folk music, included Verdi. The Economist, "Trapped in Iran," 28 Jan. 2020 Anger over America allowing the shah into the country to receive cancer treatment in New York would later spark the takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran by student militants and the subsequent hostage crisis, which kindled decades of enmity. Nasser Karimi, BostonGlobe.com, "Iran remembers 1979 Islamic Revolution amid high US tension," 11 Feb. 2020 His speech was markedly different from the shah’s three decades earlier in terms of his appearance and the religious thrust. San Diego Union-Tribune, "At UN General Assembly, Iran and US historically at odds," 22 Sep. 2019 His speech was markedly different from the shah’s three decades earlier in terms of his appearance and the religious thrust. Washington Post, "At UN General Assembly, Iran and US historically at odds," 22 Sep. 2019 Pahlavi is the eldest son of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last shah of Iran, who was overthrown in a 1979 revolution. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'The people have had it': Exiled crown prince says Iranian regime is crumbling," 22 Jan. 2020

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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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25 May 2020

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“Shah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shah. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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shah

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English Language Learners Definition of shah

: a king of Iran in past times

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