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sherif

[she-reef]
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noun
  1. a governor of Mecca descended from Muhammad.
  2. an Arab chief, prince, or ruler.
Also sharif, she·reef.

Origin of sherif

First recorded in 1590–1600, sherif is from the Arabic word sharīf exalted (person)
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  • But the Sherif must have thought us mad, and never troubled to come and see how we got on.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • His word decided everything—ever since the smashing of Sherif Ali.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • Sherif felt that some sort of discipline must be maintained among his flock.

    The River War

    Winston S. Churchill

  • He was jealous of Sherif and envied him his sanctimonious disciples.

    The River War

    Winston S. Churchill

  • But it happened that in a few weeks Sherif had occasion to journey to the island of Abba.

    The River War

    Winston S. Churchill


British Dictionary definitions for sherif

sherif

shereef sharif

noun plural ashraf Islam
  1. a descendant of Mohammed through his daughter Fatima
  2. (formerly) the governor of Mecca
  3. an honorific title accorded to any Muslim ruler

Word Origin

C16: from Arabic sharīf noble
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