from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Islam A religious official.
- n. Islam A leader of an Arab family or village.
- n. Islam Used as a form of address for such an official or leader.
- n. Slang A romantically alluring man.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The leader of an Arab village, family or small tribe.
- n. An Islamic religious clergy; the leader of an Islamic religious order.
- n. An official title for members of the royal family as well as some prominent families.
- n. A romantic lover. (Can we date this quote?) (from The Sheikh, 1921 film)
- n. An Arab, especially one dressed in traditional clothing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Arabia and other Mohammedan countries, an old man; an elder.
- n. A religious chief among Mohammedans; a title of learned or devout men; master.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the leader of an Arab village or family
- n. a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
Asked as he piled into his chauffeur-driven four-wheel-drive vehicle if he presided at ceremonies like this every weekend, the 39-year-old Muslim leader who bears the title sheik, but prefers to go by his name, Hong Yang, issued a world-weary sigh.
Page 21 once proclaimed Shagou, which is the corruption of the the Arabic word sheik, meaning a ruler.
They're what they call sheik charges and they fire out that ball of molten copper, which will cut through a tank armor let alone a humvee.
Jihadi Web forums lit up overnight Sunday with thousands of comments on the news of bin Laden's death, ranging from initial disbelief to euphoria that the man they call the "sheik" had been "martyred."
An Arab sheik is considered rich who has a hundred or two hundred tents, from sixty to a hundred camels, a thousand sheep and goats respectively.
KING: Or "sheik" -- depends on how it's pronounced.
Barring a sensational 'sheik'-up, 25 points and back to Championship football.
The publisher issues a statement of apology, acknowledging serious (but undefined) errors in the book, and makes a financial award to the sheik, who pledges to give the money to UNICEF (the sheik is a multi-billionaire).
The sheik is a central figure in the benign-sounding Association of Islamic Philanthropic Projects in Lebanon, and says he was in his office the whole time, innocent of any crime.
Turns out the sheik was a friendly and was protected from on high.