sheikh

noun
\ 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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The sheikh’s trial is expected to start in the first half of next year. Stephen Wade, The Seattle Times, "Olympic ‘kingmaker’ Sheikh Ahmad leaves to handle court case," 28 Nov. 2018 In essence, the investigation was a fishing expedition, in which Mr. Weinberg posed as the representative of a wealthy, unscrupulous sheikh aiming to do business in the United States. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Mel Weinberg, con artist at center of Abscam sting, dies at 93," 7 June 2018 Another, Siraj Wahhaj has ties to the blind sheikh, the mastermind behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and yet another, recently returned from Saudi Arabia. Fox News, "Scaramucci, Kirk sound off on Brennan, Cuomo," 18 Aug. 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, New York Times, "Mel Weinberg, 93, the F.B.I.’s Lure in the Abscam Sting, Dies," 6 June 2018 Among the chief negotiators was the prominent sheikh Abdullah al-Maysari, who had three brothers in al-Qaida, making him a trusted mediator, the commander said. Maggie Michael, Fox News, "Details of deals between US-backed coalition, Yemen al-Qaida," 6 Aug. 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 deal would have included $500 million from the sheikh's investment firm, contingent on investment from others. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Kushners near deal with Qatar-backed firm to save investment in troubled Manhattan high-rise," 17 May 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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sheikh

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sheikh

: an Arab chief, ruler, or prince
: a leader of a Muslim organization or group

sheikh

noun
variants: or sheik \ ˈshēk , ˈshāk \

Kids Definition of sheikh

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

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