[ pah-luh-vee ]
/ ˈpɑ ləˌvi /
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the Indo-European, Iranian language of the Zoroastrian literature of the 3rd to the 10th centuries.
the script used in writing this language, derived from the Aramaic alphabet.



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Origin of Pahlavi

First recorded in 1765–75, Pahlavi is from the Persian word Pahlavī Parthian

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Definition for Pahlavi (2 of 2)


or Pah·le·vi

[ pah-luh-vee ]
/ ˈpɑ ləˌvi /

noun, plural Pah·la·vis for 3.

Muhammad Ri·za (or Re·za) [ri-zah], /rɪˈzɑ/, 1919–80, shah of Iran 1941–79; in exile after 1979 (son of Riza Shah Pahlavi).
Riza (or Reza) Shah, 1877–1944, shah of Iran 1925–41.
(lowercase) a former gold coin of Iran, equal to 20 rials.
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British Dictionary definitions for Pahlavi (1 of 2)

/ (ˈpɑːləvɪ) /


Mohammed Reza (ˈriːzə). 1919–80, shah of Iran (1941–79); forced into exile (1979) during civil unrest following which an Islamic republic was established led by the Ayatollah Khomeini
his father, Reza. 1877–1944, shah of Iran (1925–41). Originally an army officer, he gained power by a coup d'état (1921) and was chosen shah by the National Assembly. He reorganized the army and did much to modernize Iran

British Dictionary definitions for Pahlavi (2 of 2)



/ (ˈpɑːləvɪ) /


the Middle Persian language, esp as used in classical Zoroastrian and Manichean literature

Word Origin for Pahlavi

C18: from Persian pahlavī, from Old Persian Parthava Parthia
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