Meaning of ayatollah

a•ya•tol•lah

Pronunciation: (ä"yu-tō'lu), [key]
— n.
  1. (among Shi&ain;ites) a title in the religious hierarchy achieved by scholars who have demonstrated highly advanced knowledge of Islamic law and religion.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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