Origin of sheik
Examples from the Web for sheik
One of the most important rooms in the temple is the shrine of Sheik Adi ibn Musafir.
Yezidis believe Sheik Adi was the possible reincarnation of Tawuse Melek.
“They are army, not militia,” the sheik repeated throughout our conversation.
The sheik seemed to keep his young fighter on hand for meetings with journalists.
Sheik Rogo used to say my mother was fair: she gave one son to Obama and the other to Osama.Death Squads in Kenya’s Shadow War on Shabaab Sympathizers|Margot Kiser|April 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The sheik had hardly finished speaking before we heard a low wailing chant coming from beyond the fatal chamber.
The Sheik was not a good specimen of the effect produced by the diet to which he is subjected.Eothen|A. W. Kinglake
The sheik pointed out to me the position of the water-skins, and two outlying horses which he had decided that we should seize.
The sheik has his hips covered with a kind of petticoat gathered into pleats in front.A History of Art in Ancient Egypt, Vol. II (of 2)|Georges Perrot
When the sheik required the services of any of them, the selected fedais 775 were intoxicated with the hashīsh.
Word Origin and History for sheik
"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."