In Arabic, sheik is an honorific title, as in a Saudi oil sheik who makes the business news. Sheik also refers to a specific head of a tribe or family, or a leader in a Muslim community.

In parts of the Middle East, South Asia, and some Muslim areas of Africa, a sheik is a religious leader or cleric. Sometimes it's the way an Islamic scholar is addressed. In Arabic the word is shaykh, "chief" or "wise old man." Women in a royal family, or female scholars of Islam, have traditionally been called shaykhah. Sheik is also spelled sheikh and shaikh.

Definitions of sheik

n the leader of an Arab village or family

Arab chief, sheikh, tribal sheik, tribal sheikh
Type of:
ruler, swayer
a person who rules or commands

n a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance

beau, clotheshorse, dandy, dude, fashion plate, fop, gallant, swell
George Bryan Brummell
English dandy who was a fashion leader during the Regency (1778-1840)
cockscomb, coxcomb
a conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own accomplishments
a British dandy in the 18th century who affected Continental mannerisms
Type of:
adult male, man
an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)

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