noun. ['ˌaɪəˈtoʊlə'] 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.
- آیتالله (Persian)
- آية الله (Arabic)
Words that Rhyme with Ayatollah
Example sentences of the word ayatollah
1. Noun, singular or mass
The leader among all mujtahid teachers is the ayatollah, whose title means “sign of God."
In his absence, an ayatollah acts as the chief Shiite authority.
Quotes containing the word ayatollah
1. When the Islamic revolution began in 1979 under the leadership of Ayatollah Khomeini, it aroused considerable admiration in the Arab street. It presented a model of organised popular action that deposed one of the region's most tyrannical regimes. The people of the region discerned in this revolution new hope for freedom and change.
- Wadah Khanfar