Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Islam A man respected for his piety or religious learning.
  • noun A male leader of an Arab family or village.
  • noun A man in an Arab society who is important or wealthy.
  • noun Used as a form of address for such a man.
  • noun Slang A sexually alluring man.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of sheik.

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  • noun the leader of an Arab village or family

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Arabic šayḫ, old man, chief, from šāḫa, to grow old; see śyḫ in Semitic roots.]

Examples

  • "The sheikh is involved," Abd al-Hamza said, with neither doubt nor drama.

    Bad Debt

  • "The sheikh is involved," Abd al-Hamza said, with neither doubt nor drama.

    Bad Debt

  • The Druze leader was Walid bek; some Christian warlords in Lebanon expected to be referred to as sheikh or rais, which means “leader” or “chief.”

    A Privilege to Die

  • News, video, graphics The sheikh was the latest of a handful of Sunni tribal leaders to be arrested in recent weeks, a trend that some American commanders suspect may be aimed at influencing parliamentary elections on March 7.

    In Iraq, Americans Struggle to Relinquish Control

  • Mohammed VI, labelled the sheikh an "agitator" and denounced his

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • For the sheikh -- for them, the sheikh is a clear target.

    CNN Transcript Sep 13, 2007

  • All the same, I asked, would he say that the sheikh was actively involved in the massacre or simply took no action to stop it?

    Bad Debt

  • All the same, I asked, would he say that the sheikh was actively involved in the massacre or simply took no action to stop it?

    Bad Debt

  • The sheikh was a rather fine-looking fellow, except for smallpox marks.

    The Lion of Petra

  • "Hassan!" called the sheikh, and a tall, stalwart black stepped forward, with a courbash in his hand.

    For Fortune and Glory A Story of the Soudan War

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