sharif

noun
sha·​rif | \ shə-ˈrēf How to pronounce sharif (audio) \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of sharif

: a descendant of the prophet Muhammad through his daughter Fatima broadly : one of noble ancestry or political preeminence in predominantly Islamic countries

Other Words from sharif

sharifian \ shə-​ˈrē-​fē-​ən How to pronounce sharif (audio) \ adjective

Examples of sharif in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The unlikely kingdom was a consolation prize for Abdullah, the second son of Hussein, the sharif of Mecca, whose family, the Hashemites, were descendants of the Prophet Muhammad. Ursula Lindsey, The New York Review of Books, 22 Oct. 2020 The unlikely kingdom was a consolation prize for Abdullah, the second son of Hussein, the sharif of Mecca, whose family, the Hashemites, were descendants of the Prophet Muhammad. Ursula Lindsey, The New York Review of Books, 22 Oct. 2020 The unlikely kingdom was a consolation prize for Abdullah, the second son of Hussein, the sharif of Mecca, whose family, the Hashemites, were descendants of the Prophet Muhammad. Ursula Lindsey, The New York Review of Books, 22 Oct. 2020 The unlikely kingdom was a consolation prize for Abdullah, the second son of Hussein, the sharif of Mecca, whose family, the Hashemites, were descendants of the Prophet Muhammad. Ursula Lindsey, The New York Review of Books, 22 Oct. 2020 The unlikely kingdom was a consolation prize for Abdullah, the second son of Hussein, the sharif of Mecca, whose family, the Hashemites, were descendants of the Prophet Muhammad. Ursula Lindsey, The New York Review of Books, 22 Oct. 2020 The unlikely kingdom was a consolation prize for Abdullah, the second son of Hussein, the sharif of Mecca, whose family, the Hashemites, were descendants of the Prophet Muhammad. Ursula Lindsey, The New York Review of Books, 22 Oct. 2020 The unlikely kingdom was a consolation prize for Abdullah, the second son of Hussein, the sharif of Mecca, whose family, the Hashemites, were descendants of the Prophet Muhammad. Ursula Lindsey, The New York Review of Books, 22 Oct. 2020 The unlikely kingdom was a consolation prize for Abdullah, the second son of Hussein, the sharif of Mecca, whose family, the Hashemites, were descendants of the Prophet Muhammad. Ursula Lindsey, The New York Review of Books, 22 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of sharif

1599, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sharif

Arabic sharīf, literally, illustrious

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“Sharif.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sharif. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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Sharif biographical name

Sha·​rif | \ shä-ˈrēf How to pronounce Sharif (audio) \

Definition of Sharif

Nawaz 1949–     prime minister of Pakistan (1990–93; 1997–99; 2013–2017)

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