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a·ya·tol·lah

 (ī′yə-tō′lə, -tō-lä′)
n. Islam
1. A high-ranking Shiite religious authority regarded as worthy of imitation in matters of religious law and interpretation.
2. Used as a title for such a leader.

[Persian āyatollāh, from Arabic 'āyatu llāh, sign of God : 'āyatu, bound form of 'āya, sign, Koranic verse; see ʔwy in Semitic roots + allāh, Allah; see Allah.]

ayatollah

(ˌaɪəˈtɒlə)
n
(Islam) one of a class of Iranian Shiite religious leaders
[via Persian from Arabic, from aya sign + Allah god]

a•ya•tol•lah

(ˌɑ yəˈtoʊ lə)

n.
1. a title for a Shi‘ite cleric with advanced knowledge of Islamic law.
2. any person in a position of great power or authority.
[1975–80; < Persian < Arabic āyat allāh sign of God; compare Allah]

ayatollah

This is a title held by the highest religious leaders of the Shiite sect. Ayatollahs guide Shiites in spiritual and worldly matters. An ayatollah can become the leader of the nation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ayatollah - a high-ranking Shiite religious leader who is regarded as an authority on religious law and its interpretation and who has political power as well
Iran, Islamic Republic of Iran, Persia - a theocratic Islamic republic in the Middle East in western Asia; Iran was the core of the ancient empire that was known as Persia until 1935; rich in oil
religious leader - leader of a religious order
Translations
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ayatollah

[aɪəˈtɒlə] Nayatolá m, ayatollah m

ayatollah

[ˌaɪəˈtɒlə] nayatollah m

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