sheikh

noun

ˈshēk How to pronounce sheikh (audio)
 also  for sense 1 ˈshāk
variants or sheik
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 The sheikh and Radcliffe’s Ineos Group were the only two parties to submit bids before Manchester United’s April 28 deadline last year. Antonio Pequeño Iv, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Ronen Neutra flew to Qatar to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani; Ms. Alexander met with the sheikh privately in Washington. Christopher Maag, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 The sheikh, an International Olympic Committee member since 1992 and a former close ally of its president Thomas Bach, had been sentenced at his original trial to almost 14 months in prison with a further 15 months suspended. Graham Dunbar, USA TODAY, 22 Jan. 2024 Leaving Clock Tower Square, Abu Faraj called the sheikh of Khan al-Ahmar to confirm that Huda and her team were on their way. Nathan Thrall, Curbed, 25 Oct. 2023 On its back cover is a picture of the Palestinian sheikh Abdullah Azzam, a mentor of Osama bin Laden. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2023 A lot of my friends were killed and injured also the sheikh in our mosque was killed. Sami Zayara, ABC News, 17 Nov. 2023 Human rights groups were denied a request to have the sheikh banned from races indefinitely earlier this week. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, 1 May 2021 After they were married by a sheikh and signed the papers, ululations flooded the room — a celebratory tradition in many Middle Eastern countries, especially at weddings. Adela Suliman, Washington Post, 1 June 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Arabic shaykh

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sheikh was in 1577

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Cite this Entry

“Sheikh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sheikh. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

sheikh

noun
variants or sheik
ˈshēk How to pronounce sheikh (audio)
for sense 1 also
ˈshāk How to pronounce sheikh (audio)
1
a
: an Arab leader, ruler, or prince
b
: a leader of a Muslim organization or group
2
usually sheik : a man supposed to be irresistibly attractive to romantic young women
sheikdom
-dəm
noun
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