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sheikhor sheik (shāk, shēk)
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.
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(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]
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