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[shah, shaw] /ʃɑ, ʃɔ/
noun, (often initial capital letter)
(formerly, in Iran) king; sovereign.
Origin of shah
1560-70; < Persian: king
Related forms
shahdom, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for shah
  • The government has already warned against demonstrations to coincide with the anniversary of the ouster of the shah.
  • Thirty years after the fall of the shah, pride in the revolution is tempered by a widely shared sense that it has gone astray.
  • For anyone old enough to remember the days of the shah, that statistic means something.
  • shah has more troubles than a screenwriter could dream up.
  • The last safavid shah was executed, and the dynasty came to an end.
  • The shah first received the emerald belt, followed by the imperial sword and robe.
British Dictionary definitions for shah


a ruler of certain Middle Eastern countries, esp (formerly) Iran
Derived Forms
shahdom, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Persian: king
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Word Origin and History for shah

title of the king of Persia, 1560s, shaw, from Persian shah, shortened from Old Persian xšayathiya "king," from Indo-Iranian *ksayati "he has power over, rules" from PIE *tke- "to gain control of, gain power over" (cf. Sanskrit ksatram "dominion;" Greek krasthai "to acquire, get," kektesthai "to possess"). His wife is a shahbanu (from banu "lady"); his son is a shahzadah (from zadah "son").

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