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shah

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Pronunciation: /ʃɑː
 
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Definition of shah in English:

noun

historical
A title of the former monarch of Iran.
Example sentences
  • Daydreams of living like a prince are one thing, but living in a house that has played host to kings, queens, shahs and high-ranking dignitaries is quite another.
  • The large punch bowl in the Rose Medallion pattern shown in Plate IX was made about 1865 for Nasir al-Din Shah, a shah of Persia's Qajar dynasty.
  • Since the shah and his queen kept separate bedrooms, this is a revealing detail.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Persian šāh, from Old Persian ḵšāyaṯiya 'king'.

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  • check from (Middle English):

    Chess has given the word check its oldest meanings. It came into English via Old French eschec from Persian šāh ‘king’ (the origin of shah, as in the Shah of Iran), and was first used by chess players to announce that the opponent's king had been placed under attack. From there the meaning gradually broadened to ‘to stop, restrain, or control’ and ‘to examine the accuracy of’. A squared pattern is described as checked or a check (Late Middle English) because of the appearance of a chessboard. Checkmate derives from Persian šāh māt, ‘the king is dead’. Chess (Middle English) itself came into English during the 12th century from Old French eschec, or rather its plural form, esches, but probably goes back ultimately to the ancient Indian language Sanskrit. The game seems to have begun in India or China around the 6th century ad and to have been adopted in Persia, spreading to the West through the Arabs. The game was popular in medieval England. See also exchequer.

Derivatives

shahdom

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noun

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