sheikh noun \ˈshēk, also ˈshāk for 1\
: an Arab chief, ruler, or prince
: a leader of a Muslim organization or group
usually sheik : a man held to be irresistibly attractive to romantic young women
Origin of SHEIKH
First Known Use: 1577
Rhymes with SHEIKH
sheikh noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Among Arabic-speaking tribes, especially Bedouin, the male head of the family, as well as of each successively larger social unit making up the tribal structure. The sheikh is generally assisted by an informal tribal council of male elders. Within the broader Arabic-speaking community, the word may also be used as a title or form of respectful address or to designate a religious authority. Its significance may vary from region to region.
Variants of SHEIKH
sheikh or shaykh
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