sheik

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From Arabic شَيْخ(šayḵ, elder).

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sheik (plural sheiks or shuyook)

  1. The leader of an Arab village, family or small tribe.
  2. An Islamic religious cleric; the leader of an Islamic religious order.
    • 2013 August 1, Islamic Online University Insights[1], page 10:
      He then studied under a variety of scholars (shuyook) and institutes around the world in his quest for authentic knowledge.
  3. (some Arab Gulf countries) An official title for members of the royal family as well as some prominent families.
  4. (1920s) A romantic lover. (from the 1921 film The Sheik)
    • 1939, George Orwell, Coming Up for Air, part 1, chapter 1:
      When your last natural tooth goes, the time when you can kid yourself that you're a Hollywood sheik, is definitely at an end.
  5. (slang) An Arab, especially one dressed in traditional clothing.
  6. An honorific for specialists in spirituality.

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

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Etymology[edit]

From Arabic شَيْخ(šayḵ), from شَاخَ(šāḵa, to age, grow old).

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sheik m (plural sheiks, diminutive sheikje n)

  1. sheik