\ ˈshēk also ˈshāk for sense 1 \
variants: or sheik

Definition of sheikh 

1 : an Arab chief

2 usually sheik : a man held to be irresistibly attractive to romantic young women

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In essence, the investigation was a fishing expedition, in which Weinberg posed as the representative of a wealthy, unscrupulous sheikh aiming to do business in the United States. Harrison Smith,, "Mel Weinberg, con artist at center of Abscam sting that landed U.S. politicians in prison, dies at 93," 9 June 2018 The sheikh, he was told, was willing to invest $100 million in the deal. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Mel Weinberg, 93, the F.B.I.’s Lure in the Abscam Sting, Dies," 6 June 2018 The sheikh, he was told, was willing to invest $100 million in the deal. Robert D. Mcfadden,, "Mel Weinberg, 93, con man portrayed in ‘American Hustle’," 10 June 2018 Photo: sheikh family//EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock Authorities on Friday searched two residences linked to the suspect, the governor said. Dan Frosch, WSJ, "Texas Shooter Spared Students He Liked, Court Document Says," 19 May 2018 But the sheikhs hunted the birds to near-extinction on the Arabian Peninsula, obliging them to organize lavish houbara-hunting trips overseas. New York Times, "In Dubai, Flying With the Falcons," 17 Jan. 2018 The display had been designed by the sheikh’s own foundation and used at each previous stop on the collection’s tour: the Grand Palais in Paris, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Met in New York, and the Miho Museum outside Kyoto. Eric Konigsberg, Town & Country, "Old School Jewelry Heists Are on the Rise—And Celebrities Are the Target," 12 Apr. 2018 Here's a look at some of those cases: The Gulf Freedom of assembly is prohibited throughout the Gulf states of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and Kuwait, where kings, sheikhs, emirs, and sultans inherit their posts. Dan Perry, The Christian Science Monitor, "Seven years after Arab Spring, democracy wavers in Middle East," 22 Mar. 2018 The Abscam investigation, an undercover operation that began in 1978, involved FBI agents who posed as fictitious Arab sheikhs or their representatives seeking favors from public officials. Julie Shaw,, "Retired U.S. District Judge John P. Fullam, 96, noted for Abscam, Penn Central cases," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sheikh

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sheikh

Arabic shaykh

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English Language Learners Definition of sheikh

: an Arab chief, ruler, or prince

: a leader of a Muslim organization or group


variants: or sheik \ˈshēk, ˈshāk \

Kids Definition of sheikh

1 : an Arab chief

2 : a leader of a Muslim group

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