noun \ˈshēk, also ˈshāk for 1\

: an Arab chief, ruler, or prince

: a leader of a Muslim organization or group

Full Definition of SHEIKH

:  an Arab chief
usually sheik :  a man held to be irresistibly attractive to romantic young women

Variants of SHEIKH

sheikh or sheik \ˈshēk, also ˈshāk for 1\

Origin of SHEIKH

Arabic shaykh
First Known Use: 1577


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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