- 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.
Origin of Pahlavi1
First recorded in 1765–75, Pahlavi is from the Persian word Pahlavī Parthian
- 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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Examples from the Web for pahlavi
Nor will we allow ourselves to be defined by what the Islamic Republic did in the years following the fall of the Pahlavi dynasty.
Over the years, the Pahlavi era has been hailed for its successes and criticized for its failings.
Iran has also succumbed over the course of a cruel century, in large part because of the depredations of the Pahlavi dynasty.Prince Ali Reza Pahlavi Suicide: Tragic End to Iran's Dynasty
January 5, 2011
Fortieth-day gatherings of commemoration and national strikes turned the tide against the ill-fated Pahlavi dynasty in 1979.Use Islam to End the Iranian Regime
June 24, 2009
The commentary is not written in the Zend language, but in Pahlavi or Persian.History of Religion
One can now understand why the Zend books were translated into Pahlavi.Sacred Books of the East
It resembles the Pahlavi, or Ancient Persian, but it is identical with no language.
The Zend, or commentary, is written in the Pahlavi language.
He himself admits that he was following a Mohammedan author, who has certainly made a free translation of the Pahlavi text.The Round Towers of Ireland
- 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
- the Middle Persian language, esp as used in classical Zoroastrian and Manichean literature
C18: from Persian pahlavī, from Old Persian Parthava Parthia
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Word Origin and History for pahlavi
1773, Iranian language spoken in Persia 3c.-10c., from Persian Pahlavi, from Old Persian Parthava "Parthia" (see Parthian).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper