Definitions

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

  • n. A descendant of the prophet Muhammad through his daughter Fatima.
  • n. The chief magistrate of Mecca in Ottoman times.
  • n. A Moroccan prince or ruler.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A descendant of Mohammed through his daughter Fatima.
  • n. A prince or ruler; specifically, the chief magistrate of Mecca.
  • n. A high dignitary having both temporal and spiritual authority among the Sulus and other Mohammedans of the Philippine Islands.
  • n. A simplified spelling of sheriff.

Etymologies

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

Arabic šarīf, noble, from šarufa, to be highborn; see śrp2 in Semitic roots.

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