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ˈsēk How to pronounce Sikh (audio)
: an adherent of a monotheistic religion of India founded about 1500 by Guru Nānak and marked by rejection of idolatry and caste
Sikhism noun


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: of or relating to Sikhs or Sikhism

Examples of Sikh in a Sentence

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At least two members of Peshawar’s Sikh community were killed in the few past months. Rick Noack, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2023 The day began with a Hindu vivah ceremony, followed by a Sikh Anand Karaj ceremony. Shelby Wax, Vogue, 10 Nov. 2023 The debate over support for Khalistan and what activism looks like in the Sikh diaspora has intensified after Mr. Trudeau’s accusation that India may have had a hand in the assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian citizen shot dead outside the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey on June 18. Deepa Bharath, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Sep. 2023 In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the Sikh Coalition advocacy group documented more than 300 cases of violence and discrimination. Mark Morales, CNN, 25 Oct. 2023 The Sikh Coalition, a national organization dedicated to advancing Sikh Americans, tweeted on Monday that its leaders are aware of Singh’s death and are in touch with the NYPD and the Sikh community, also known as the sangat, in Queens. Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC News, 23 Oct. 2023 In partnership with the California Coalition for Caste Equity, the Sikh Coalition was proud to sponsor this legislation. Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC News, 9 Oct. 2023 In fact, the journey inspired my debut novel, Sunny G's Series of Rash Decisions, which is about a cosplaying, crocheting Punjabi Sikh teen going on a prom night adventure to explore his identity with a Hmong teen. Navdeep Singh Dhillon, Parents, 6 Oct. 2023 Months later, Gandhi was killed by her Sikh bodyguards in an act of revenge. Rhea Mogul, CNN, 6 Oct. 2023
Enforcing the law means inviting the wrath of the powerful constituency, Sikh farmers. Nives Dolsak and Aseem Prakash, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Blasts hit Pakistan on prophet’s birthday, killing dozens The city was home to 500 Sikh families five years ago. Rick Noack, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2023 But the number of Sikh victims affected by those crimes increased from 195 in 2021 to 198 in 2022. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, 28 Oct. 2023 In another tweet, Adams said that his team will be meeting with Sikh leaders this week to discuss the community’s needs. Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC News, 23 Oct. 2023 The move marks an escalation of a dispute between the two countries centered on the fatal shooting of a Sikh independence leader on Canadian soil. Paul Vieira, WSJ, 19 Oct. 2023 Nijjar, 45, was a leader in the Khalistan movement, which aims to establish an independent Sikh state in India’s Punjab region. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2023 Nijjar was an outspoken supporter of the creation of a separate Sikh homeland that would include parts of India and be known as Khalistan. Paula Newton, CNN, 19 Oct. 2023 And with Indian agents now accused of orchestrating the killing of a Sikh separatist on Canadian soil, Washington is facing new questions about Indian reliability. Damien Cave, New York Times, 17 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History



Hindi & Urdu, literally, disciple

First Known Use


1756, in the meaning defined above


1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Sikh was in 1756

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Cite this Entry

“Sikh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a believer in a religion of India that was founded about 1500 and that believes in one God and rejects idols and caste
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