sheikh

noun
\ˈshēk also ˈshākfor 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, 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 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 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, latimes.com, "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, BostonGlobe.com, "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

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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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