how to pronounce ayatollah


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ayatollah is pronounced in four syllables

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An example use of ayatollah in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… leader Ayatollah Khomeini suddenly one …”

meanings of ayatollah


  1. An authority on any subject.
  2. A religious leader in Twelver Shi'ism.

ayatollah frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word ayatollah occurs in english on average 0.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics ayatollah can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that ayatollah can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

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