The definition of a sheik is a leader of an Arabian family or village, or an official in the Muslim religion.(noun)
An example of a sheik is a rich and powerful man who is the leader of an Arab tribe and who everyone in the village listens to and obeys.
See sheik in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: after E. M. Hull's novel, The Sheik (1921)Slang a masterful man to whom women are irresistibly attracted
Origin: Ar shaikh, lit., old man < shākha, to grow old
See sheik in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Arabic šayḫ, old man, chief
Origin: , from šāḫa, to grow old; see śyḫ in Semitic roots.
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