What does Ayatollah mean?

Definitions for Ayatollahˌɑ yəˈtoʊ lə

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ayatollah(noun)

    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


  1. ayatollah(Noun)

    A religious leader in Iranian Shiu2019ite Islam; a member of the u2019ulama.

  2. Origin: From آیت‌الله, from


  1. Ayatollah

    Ayatollah is a high-ranking title given to Usuli Twelver Shī‘ah clerics. Those who carry the title are experts in Islamic studies such as jurisprudence, ethics, and philosophy and usually teach in Islamic seminaries. The next lower clerical rank is Hojatoleslam wal-muslemin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ayatollah in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ayatollah in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Oliver L. North:

    I thought using the Ayatollah's money to support the Nicaraguan resistance ... was a neat idea.

  2. Abbas Milani:

    And we all know the answer to that question - it's Ayatollah Khamenei and the IRGC’s top command, i think it (prosecution of Ahmadinejad) is a political liability they just can’t afford at this time.

  3. Hossein Rassam:

    This was a bitter defeat for Ayatollah Rafsanjani. It demonstrated the biting reality that Rafsanjani is no longer a pillar of the Islamic Republic to powerful hardliners, even though he is still very influential.

  4. Scott Walker:

    Because I assure you, the ayatollah -- if the United States arbitrarily and unilaterally kills this -- you're not going to have another negotiation, and they will feel free to go do the very things that this prevents.

  5. Abbas Milani:

    If they act against Ahmadinejad not only are there more documents he might reveal, as he’s often threatened to do, but eventually people will start to ask, 'Who was behind him?' and we all know the answer to that question - it's Ayatollah Khamenei and the IRGC’s top command.

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