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. Ted Cruz:

    And if the ayatollah doesn't understand that, we may have to help introduce him to the 72 virgins.

  3. Kourosh Zaim:

    Ayatollah Khomeini was a powerful leader and no one dared to disagree with his decisions. But Khamenei's position is not the same.

  4. Kourosh Zaim:

    The critics of the nuclear deal have financial and even military power. Ayatollah Khamenei has no choice but caution in the face of a deal that changes the future of Iran.

  5. Isa Saharkhiz:

    Ayatollah Khamenei's silence is calculated. He is weighing up the situation, he is standing cautiously somewhere in the middle, so no one can interpret his words as approval or disapproval.

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