tehran

Teheran

[te-ran, -rahn, te-huh-, tey-uh-; Persian te-hrahn]
noun
a city in and the capital of Iran, in the N part: wartime conference of Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin 1943.
Also, Tehran.
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Tehran or Teheran (tɛəˈrɑːn, -ˈræn, tɛəˈrɑːn, -ˈræn)
 
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the capital of Iran, at the foot of the Elburz Mountains: built on the site of the ancient capital Ray, destroyed by Mongols in 1220; became capital in the 1790s; three universities. Pop: 7 352 000 (2005 est)
 
Teheran or Teheran
 
n

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Iran
from Pers. Iran, from Middle Persian Ērān "(land) of the Iranians," gen. pl. of ēr- "an Iranian," from Old Iranian *arya- (O. Pers. ariya-, Avestan airya-) "Iranian", from Indo-Iranian *arya- or *ārya- (see Aryan), a self-designation, perhaps meaning "compatriot."
In 1935 the government of Reza Shah Pahlavi requested governments with which it had diplomatic relations to call his country Iran, after the indigenous name, rather than the Gk.-derived Persia.
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Teheran [(te-rahn, te-ran, tay-uh-rahn, tay-uh-ran)]

Capital of Iran and the largest city in the country; located in northern Iran.

Note: Site of the Teheran Conference (1943), at which United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin met and agreed on Allied war plans and postwar cooperation in the United Nations.
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