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sheikh

or sheik  (shāk, shēk)
n.
1.
a. Islam A man respected for his piety or religious learning.
b. A male leader of an Arab family or village.
c. A man in an Arab society who is important or wealthy.
d. Used as a form of address for such a man.
2. sheik Slang A sexually alluring man.

[Arabic šayḫ, old man, chief, from šāḫa, to grow old; see śyḫ in Semitic roots.]

sheikh

(ʃeɪk) or

sheik

(in Muslim countries) n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the head of an Arab tribe, village, etc
2. a venerable old man
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a high priest or religious leader, esp a Sufi master
4. (Islam) a high priest or religious leader, esp a Sufi master
[C16: from Arabic shaykh old man]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sheikh - the leader of an Arab village or familysheikh - the leader of an Arab village or family
ruler, swayer - a person who rules or commands; "swayer of the universe"
Translations

sheikh

sheik, shaikh [ˈʃeɪk] ncheik m
References in classic literature ?
That," said the Sheikh of the village, "is a fox, O Excellency Our Governor.
The Sheikh of the village spoke of the crops from which the rulers of all lands draw revenue; but the Governor's eyes were fixed, between his horse's ears, on the nearest water-channel.
Moreover," the Sheikh added, "in the days of the Oppression the Emirs and their creatures dispossessed many people of their lands.
The Sheikh of this village here tells me that his barley has failed, and he wants a fifty per cent remission.
Talkin' of chances," said the Governor, "this Sheikh lies about his barley bein' a failure.
He will bring many witnesses," the village Sheikh muttered.
Oh, Such an one; Son of such an one," said the Governor, prompted by the Sheikh, "learn, from the day when I send the order, to block up all the holes where Abu Hussein may hide on--thy--land
Without money," replied an aged Sheikh, "there are no waterwheels.
Pah-peaz we call them, O Sheikh, in their childhood.
If the new waterwheel is built in a month without oppression, thou, O Sheikh, shalt be named one of the judges to judge the pah-peaz at the Sha-ho.
Above all, who remembers the death of Royal, when a certain Sheikh wept above the body of the stainless hound as it might have been his son's--and that day the Hunt rode no more?
Farag's uncle, now Sheikh of the village, spoke: "It is written in this book, Excellency, that the beatings whereby we hold our lands are all valueless.