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Definition of sheikh noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    sheikh

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ʃeɪk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃeɪk//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ʃiːk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃiːk//
     
    (also shaikh
    BrE BrE//ʃeɪk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃeɪk//
     
    )
    Religious people
     
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  1. 1an Arab prince or leader; the head of an Arab family, village, etc.
  2. 2a leader in a Muslim community or organization See related entries: Religious people
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent.: based on Arabic šayk̲ ‘old man, sheikh’, from šāk̲a ‘be or grow old’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sheikh