شيخ

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See also: شیخ and سیخ

Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Related to the verb شَاخَ (šāḵa, to age, to grow old).

Noun[edit]

شَيْخ (šayḵm (plural شُيُوخ (šuyūḵ) or أَشْيَاخ (ʾašyāḵ) or مَشْيَخَة (mašyaḵa) or مَشَايِخ (mašāyiḵ) or مَشَائِخ (mašāʾiḵ))

  1. elderly gentleman, elder
  2. sheik, chief, chieftain, patriarch
  3. senator
  4. (Islam) sheik; Dr.; professor (title for someone with a high level of formal religious education)
  5. sir (respectful title of address)
  6. master (someone outstanding or excellent)
    شَيْخُ الشَّباب‎ ― šayḵu š-šabābthe greatest of all guys (literally, “the master of youths”)

Declension[edit]