- (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, say·ed, say·id.
Origin of sayyid
1780–90; < Arabic: lord
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Examples from the Web for sayyid
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Sayyid Qsim must have lain down carelessly to sleep, without setting a watch.
- a Muslim claiming descent from Mohammed's grandson Husain
- a Muslim honorary title
C17: from Arabic: lord
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Word Origin and History for sayyid
also sayid, Islamic title of honor, applied to descendants of Hussein, Muhammad's grandson, 1788, from Arabic sayyid "lord, chief," perhaps literally "speaker, spokesman."
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