Complete Definition of "sheik"

English

Alternative spellings
sheikh
shaykh

Etymology
From Ar. term|scArab|شيخ||tršaykh < term|scArab|شاخ|tršākha||to age, grow old.

Pronunciation
IPA|/ʃeɪk/ or IPAchar|/ʃiːk/
rhymes|iːk
rfap

Homophones
chic (/ʃiːk/)

Noun
en-noun

  1. The leader of an Arab village, family or small tribe.
  2. colloquial An Islamic religious clergy; the leader of an Islamic religious order.
  3. context|some Arab Persian Gulf|Gulf countries An official title for members of the royal family as well as some prominent families.
  4. context|1920s A romantic lover. rfdate|turn this into real quote (from The Sheikh, 1921 film)

Usage notes
The use for a religious leader is colloquial as a means of respect. There is no official title.

Translations
trans-top|leader of an Arab village, family or small tribe
Dutch: t-|nl|sheik|m
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trans-top|Islamic religious clergy
Dutch: t-|nl|sheik|m
trans-mid
Kurdish:
:Sorani: t|ku|شێخ|trshaekh|scKUchar
trans-bottom

trans-top|Gulf countries: official title for members of the royal family
Dutch: t-|nl|sheik|m
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trans-bottom

trans-top|1920s: romantic lover
Dutch: t-|nl|sheik|m
trans-mid
trans-bottom

Category:Islam


Dutch

Etymology
From Ar. term|scArab|شيخ||tršaykh < term|scArab|شاخ|tršākha||to age, grow old.

Pronunciation
a|Netherlands IPA|/ʃɛik/
a|Flanders IPA|/ʃɛk/
rhymes|nl|ɛ(i)k

Noun
nl-noun2|m|s|je

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