Sheik meaning

′shēk; also, for 1 & 2, ′shāk
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A Muslim religious or community leader.
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The chief of an Arab family, tribe, or village.
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The definition of a sheik is a leader of an Arabian family or village, or an official in the Muslim religion.

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.

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The leader of an Arab village, family or small tribe.
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(colloquial) An Islamic religious clergy; the leader of an Islamic religious order.
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(some Arab Gulf countries) An official title for members of the royal family as well as some prominent families.
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(1920s) A romantic lover. (from the 1921 film The Sheikh)
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(slang) An Arab, especially one dressed in traditional clothing.
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An honorific for specialists in spirituality.
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A masterful man to whom women are irresistibly attracted.
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Origin of sheik

  • From Arabic شيخ (Å¡aykh), from شاخ (šākha, “to age, grow old").

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