\ ˈshēk How to pronounce sheikh (audio) 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

Examples of sheikh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Electronic billboards all showed the late sheikh's image in Dubai on Friday night as flags flew at half-staff. Fox News, 14 May 2022 Some Jews believe the biblical Joseph is buried in the tomb, while Muslims say a sheikh is buried there. Tia Goldenberg,, 10 Apr. 2022 Some Jews believe the biblical Joseph is buried in the tomb, while Muslims say a sheikh is buried there. Tia Goldenberg, ajc, 10 Apr. 2022 Haya, alone, will make decisions regarding the education and health of her children, and the sheikh will only be permitted to contact Jalila and Zayed over phone call or messages—not in person. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 25 Mar. 2022 Mohammed is the prime minister and vice president of the United Arab Emirates; Haya is the half-sister of Jordan’s King Abdullah and is the sheikh’s sixth wife. Téa Kvetenadze, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 Moor said Haya and her children needed the extensive provision to protect them from the sheikh, as well as because of their royal status. NBC News, 21 Dec. 2021 Included in the provision is a large sum to cover security costs after the judge concluded that the princess, 47, and her two children faced legitimate threats to their security from the sheikh. Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2021 The Noble Sanctuary’s sheikh and the city’s governor were arrested, but that did little to tamp down the public fury. Andrew Lawler, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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“Sheikh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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variants: or sheik \ ˈshēk , ˈshāk \

Kids Definition of sheikh

1 : an Arab chief
2 : a leader of a Muslim group


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