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[sah-yid, sey-id] /ˈsɑ yɪd, ˈseɪ ɪd/
(in Islamic countries) a supposed descendant of Muhammad through his grandson Hussein, the second son of his daughter Fatima.
a title of respect, especially for royal personages.
Also, said, sayed, sayid.
Origin of sayyid
1780-90; < Arabic: lord Unabridged
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  • So it chaunced at a banket that the sayed image of the dyuell was lost and gone.

  • As I sayed to them above, I can see no good reason for sinking the ship.

  • Still, she sayed the big elm, an' to get there she'll have to take the path comin' or goin' back.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • Lais sayed vnto him: If thou be disposed to serue hir no longer, let hir not perceiue that thou hast gyuen hir ouer.

    The Palace of Pleasure William Painter
  • I sayed to myse'f, 'Dis ain't no way fo' you to do,' an' den I goes back.

    The Voodoo Gold Trail Walter Walden
British Dictionary definitions for sayed


a Muslim claiming descent from Mohammed's grandson Husain
a Muslim honorary title
Word Origin
C17: from Arabic: lord
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sayed


also sayid, Islamic title of honor, applied to descendants of Hussein, Muhammad's grandson, 1788, from Arabic sayyid "lord, chief," perhaps literally "speaker, spokesman."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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