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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Teheran, Tehran, capital of Iran, Iranian capitalnoun

    the capital and largest city of Iran; located in northern Iran


  1. Tehrannoun

    The capital of Iran.

  2. Etymology: From تهران.


  1. Tehran

    Tehran (; Persian: تهران Tehrân [tehˈɾɒːn] (listen)) is the capital of Iran and the largest city in Tehran Province. With a population of around 9 million in the city and around 16 million in the larger metropolitan area of Greater Tehran, Tehran is the most populous city in Iran and Western Asia, and has the second-largest metropolitan area in the Middle East, after Cairo. It is ranked 24th in the world by metropolitan area population. In the classical antiquity, part of the territory of present-day Tehran was occupied by Rhages (now Ray), a prominent Median city destroyed in the medieval Arab, Turkic, and Mongol invasions. Modern Ray was absorbed into the metropolitan area of Greater Tehran. Tehran was first chosen as the capital of Iran by Agha Mohammad Khan of the Qajar dynasty in 1786, because of its proximity to Iran's territories in the Caucasus, then separated from Iran in the Russo-Iranian Wars, to avoid the vying factions of the previously ruling Iranian dynasties. The capital has been moved several times throughout history, however, and Tehran became the 32nd capital of Persia. Large-scale construction works began in the 1920s, and Tehran became a destination for mass migrations from all over Iran since the 20th century.Tehran is home to many historical sites, including the royal complexes of Golestan, Sa'dabad, and Niavaran, where the last two dynasties of the former Imperial State of Iran were seated. Tehran's landmarks include the Azadi Tower, a memorial built under the reign of Mohammad Reza Shah of the Pahlavi dynasty in 1971 to mark the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian Empire, the Milad Tower, the world's sixth-tallest self-supporting tower, completed in 2007, and the Tabiat Bridge, completed in 2014.Most of the population are Persian, with roughly 99% of them speaking the Persian language, alongside other ethnolinguistic groups in the city which became Persianized and assimilated.Tehran is served by Imam Khomeini International Airport, alongside the domestic Mehrabad Airport, a central railway station, Tehran Metro, a bus rapid transit system, trolleybuses, and a large network of highways. Plans to relocate the capital from Tehran to another area due to air pollution and earthquakes have not been approved so far. A 2016 survey of 230 cities across the globe by Mercer ranked Tehran 203rd for quality of life. According to the Global Destinations Cities Index in 2016, Tehran is among the top ten fastest growing destinations. Tehran City Council declared October 6 the Tehran Day in 2016, celebrating the date when in 1907 the city officially became the capital of Iran.


  1. tehran

    Tehran is the capital city of Iran and the largest city in the country. It is located in the northern part of the country and is the economic, cultural, and educational center of Iran. Founded in the 11th century AD, Tehran is now home to many historic mosques, churches, synagogues, and Zoroastrian fire temples. Its significant cultural institutions include the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Museum of Iran. The city is also known for its parks, restaurants, cafes, and shopping districts.


  1. Tehran

    Tehran, is the capital of Iran and Tehran Province. With a population of about 8,300,000 and about 14 million metropolitan area, it is Iran's largest city and urban area, and one of the largest cities in Western Asia. In the 20th and 21st centuries, Tehran has been the subject to mass migration of people from all around Iran. The city is home to many historic mosques, churches, synagogues and Zoroastrian fire temples. Contemporary Tehran is a modern city featuring many structures, of which the Azadi Tower and the Milad Tower have come to be symbols of Tehran itself. Tehran is ranked 29th in the world by the population of its metropolitan area. Throughout Iran's history, the capital has been moved many times, and Tehran is the 32nd national capital of Iran although it has been Iran's capital for about 220 years. Persian is the city's native tongue, spoken by roughly 98% of the population. The majority of people in Tehran identify themselves as Persians. In pre-Islamic and early Islamic times, Tehran was called Ray.

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  1. thenar

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tehran in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tehran in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Tehran in a Sentence

  1. Jeremy Hunt:

    My decision is an important diplomatic step which signals to Tehran that its behavior is totally wrong.

  2. David Petraeus:

    They have, to a degree, been both part of Iraq's salvation but also the most serious threat to the all-important effort of once again getting the Sunni Arab population in Iraq to feel that it has a stake in the success of Iraq rather than a stake in its failure, longer term, Iranian-backed Shia militia could emerge as the preeminent power in the country, one that is outside the control of the government and instead answerable to Tehran.

  3. Mike Pompeo:

    Tehran is behind nearly 100 attacks on Saudi Arabia while Rouhani and Zarif pretend to engage in diplomacy, amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply.

  4. Wood Mackenzie:

    Tehran is eagerly poised to attract foreign investment and gain access to modern technologies in the whole energy chain, potential for investment in Iran is huge, three quarters of its combined oil and gas reserves - the third largest in the world - are yet to be produced.

  5. Behnam Ben Taleblu:

    It's absolutely true that the protests in Iran are affecting the calculus over the decision to waive sanctions on Tehran.

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