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shah

[shah, shaw] /ʃɑ, ʃɔ/
noun, (often initial capital letter)
1.
(formerly, in Iran) king; sovereign.
Origin of shah
1560-1570
1560-70; < Persian: king
Related forms
shahdom, noun
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  • Discovering subsequently, however, that the strangers were Christians, the shah contrived a plot for their destruction.

  • About the end of April an envoy from the shah arrived at Finkenstein.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • I have got two little tombs, facsimiles of shah Jehans and his wifes, with all the same little patterns inlaid.

    Up the Country Emily Eden
  • The shah did this because "bostan" is the Persian word for rose garden.

  • They say he has been acting as minister to some ruling prince in Persia, where he killed the shah's brother.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for shah

shah

/ʃɑː/
noun
1.
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
n.

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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