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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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  • 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


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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