[sah-yid, sey-id]


(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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sayed

Contemporary Examples of sayed

Historical Examples of sayed

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for sayed


sayid said


a Muslim claiming descent from Mohammed's grandson Husain
a Muslim honorary title

Word Origin for sayyid

C17: from Arabic: lord
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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