\ 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

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The couple married in 2004, with Princess Haya then becoming the sheikh’s sixth and youngest wife. Julia Webster, Time, "Princess Haya, Wife of Dubai's Ruler Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, Is Reportedly Seeking Protection in London," 3 July 2019 Princess Haya, the most visible and glamorous of the sheikh’s reported six wives, has left him. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "Another Dubai Princess Defects. Anguished Poetry Ensues.," 2 July 2019 And last week, The Washington Post reported that a wealthy Iraqi sheikh who was trying to influence the Trump administration spent 26 nights in a suite at the hotel at an estimated cost of tens of thousands of dollars. NBC News, "Reps of 22 foreign governments have spent money at Trump properties," 12 June 2019 One of the sheikh’s three wives (not Latifa's mother) invited the former Irish president and U.N. high commissioner for human rights to have lunch with the missing princess in Dubai under the watchful eye of other family members. Ann Mcelhinney And Phelim Mcaleer, WSJ, "Mrs. Robinson and the Missing Princess," 9 Jan. 2019 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

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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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