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 (pä′lə-vē′, -hlə-) also Peh·le·vi (pā′-)
1. A writing system derived from the Aramaic alphabet used to write Middle Persian, Parthian, and other Middle Iranian languages.
2. See Middle Persian.

[Persian pahlavī, from Pahlav, Parthia, from Old Persian Parthava-.]


 (pä′lə-vē′, -hlə)
n. pl. pah·la·vis
A gold coin formerly used in Iran.

[Persian pahlawī, after Reza Shah Pahlavi (1878-1944), Shah of Iran.]


1. (Biography) 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
2. (Biography) 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


(ˈpɑːləvɪ) or


(Languages) the Middle Persian language, esp as used in classical Zoroastrian and Manichean literature
[C18: from Persian pahlavī, from Old Persian Parthava Parthia]


(ˈpɑ ləˌvi)

n., pl. -vis.
1. Muhammad Re•za (ˈrɛz ɑ) 1919–80, shah of Iran 1941–79.
2. his father, Reza Shah, 1877–1944, shah of Iran 1925–41.
3. (l.c.) a former gold coin of Iran.


(ˈpɑ ləˌvi)

b. a form of Middle Persian used in Zoroastrian literature of the 3rd to 10th centuries.
2. the script used in writing Middle Persian.
[1765–75; < Persian Pahlavī Parthian]
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Noun1.Pahlavi - Shah of Iran who was deposed in 1979 by Islamic fundamentalists (1919-1980)Pahlavi - Shah of Iran who was deposed in 1979 by Islamic fundamentalists (1919-1980)
2.Pahlavi - the Iranian language of the Zoroastrian literature of the 3rd to 10th centuries
Iranian language, Iranian - the modern Persian language spoken in Iran
Parthian - the Iranian language spoken in the Parthian kingdom (250 BC to AD 226)
3.Pahlavi - the script (derived from the Aramaic alphabet) used to write the Pahlavi language
script - a particular orthography or writing system
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When the Pahlavi Shah Muhammad Reza Pahlavi's monarchy fell in early 1979, as Iran had an Islamist Shi'ite revolution headed by Safawi religious men, nine years later, Tehran and Muscat had become fast friends, though the two countries' leaders did not have any particular personal chemistry.
The second scenario: The Prince's success in curbing Tehran's influence Since the success of the Khomeini revolution in the overthrow of Shah Muhammad Reza Pahlavi, Tehran's policy makers have worked to create fields of conflict outside the political borders of the Iranian Republic so as to ensure two factors: to fill public opinion and internal political spectrum with foreign adventures and to ensure the survival of the system and the mobilization of sectarian forces in the Arab countries to achieve the aspirations of Khomeini.
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A huge crowd filled Azadi (Freedom) Square in Tehran to hear the Iranian president commemorate the tumultuous events that ousted Shah Muhammad Reza Pahlavi from power 36 years ago.
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In more recent history, Iran's Shah Muhammad Reza Pahlavi tried to revive the Achaemenid order and built a world-class army in a bid to be the Gulf's master.