Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Arabia and other Mohammedan countries, an old man; an elder.
  • noun A religious chief among Mohammedans; a title of learned or devout men; master.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The head of an Arab family, or of a clan or a tribe; also, the chief magistrate of an Arab village. The name is also applied to Mohammedan ecclesiastics of a high grade.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The leader of an Arab village, family or small tribe.
  • noun colloquial An Islamic religious clergy; the leader of an Islamic religious order.
  • noun An official title for members of the royal family as well as some prominent families.
  • noun 1920s A romantic lover. (Can we date this quote?) (from The Sheikh, 1921 film)
  • noun slang An Arab, especially one dressed in traditional clothing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the leader of an Arab village or family
  • noun a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance

Etymologies

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From Arabic شيخ (šaykh), from شاخ (šākha, "to age, grow old").

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