Ayatollah meaning

ī'yə-tō'lə, -tō-lä'
A high-ranking Shiite religious authority regarded as worthy of imitation in matters of religious law and interpretation.
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Used as a title for such a leader.
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A leader of the Shiite sect of the Muslim religion, serving as teacher, judge, and administrator.
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A leader, authority, etc. having much power or influence.
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A religious leader in Twelver Shi'ism; a member of the ’ulama.
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Origin of ayatollah

Persian āyatollāh from Arabic ’āyatu llāh sign of God ’āyatu bound form of ’āya sign, Koranic verse ℵwy in Semitic roots allāh Allah Allah