- Also shaikh, sheikh. (in Islamic countries) the patriarch of a tribe or family; chief: a term of polite address.
- Slang. a man held to be masterful and irresistibly charming to women.
Origin of sheik
Examples from the Web for sheikh
Though he claimed to be a sheikh, he had none of the qualifications.The Sydney Astrologer Turned Islamic Radical
December 16, 2014
One example is Muhammed Asel, kreef to the Yazidi and a Muslim Arab sheikh from a village on the north side of the mountain.On the Ground, Collaborators With ISIS Could Be Its Big Weakness
Christine van den Toorn
August 30, 2014
Sheikh Raad al-Khafaji had invited me to break the Ramadan fast in the headquarters of his recruiting operation.The Brewing Battle for Baghdad
August 3, 2014
The sheikh is ready to flee if the Lebanese security forces, considered to be in thrall to Hezbollah, make a move to arrest him.The Sheikh Who Wants to Put the Hurt on Hezbollah in Lebanon
July 29, 2014
She even lauded the “amazing hospitality” of Sheikh Khalifa and the “Kingdom of Bahrain” on Twitter (before deleting the tweets).Kim Kardashian Butts Into Syria’s (Online) Civil War With #SaveKessab Campaign
Marlow Stern, Michael Weiss
March 31, 2014
Well, they couldn't make it, because the tomb of a popular saint or sheikh was in the way.
Somebody's trying to defeat my scheme for getting the sheikh's tomb moved.
Our Scribe, at least, is persuaded that Sheikh Taleb spoke as a friend.
And let the sheikh and the priest and the rabbi embrace on that very Stump and make up.
And Wisdom in the person of Sheikh Taleb now knocks at thy door.
- the head of an Arab tribe, village, etc
- a venerable old man
- a high priest or religious leader, esp a Sufi master
Word Origin and History for sheikh
"head of an Arab family," also "head of a Muslim religious order," 1570s, from Arabic shaykh "chief," literally "old man," from base of shakha "to grow old." Popularized by "The Sheik," novel in Arabian setting by E.M. Hull (1919), and the movie version, "The Sheikh," 1921, starring Rudolph Valentino, which gave it a 1920s sense of "strong, romantic lover."