Definition of ayatollah in English:
A high-ranking religious leader among Shiite Muslims, especially in Iran.
- The chief ayatollah of the Shiite Muslims in Iraq says he wants direct democratic elections to take place.
- The same applies to Protestant and Orthodox Christian leaders, the Dalai Lama, the Muslim ayatollahs, Jewish rabbinical councils, and all other modern-day religious patriarchs.
- Najaf is the seat of the Shi'ite's ayatollahs, or spiritual leaders.
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