Origin of sheik
Examples from the Web for sheikh
Though he claimed to be a sheikh, he had none of the qualifications.
Sheikh Raad al-Khafaji had invited me to break the Ramadan fast in the headquarters of his recruiting operation.
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|Jamie Dettmer|July 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
But when I followed Hamoudi into the mosque, there were neither the sheikh nor any worshippers.
“There is the garden beneath the trees, Excellency,” said the Sheikh.In the Mahdi's Grasp|George Manville Fenn
Then came the usual scene of hubbub with the sheikh, the camels, the porters, and the drivers.Miss Cayley's Adventures|Grant Allen
No sooner had the Sheikh seen her than he became violently in love, and seemed to lose all regard for his religious duties.
The monks of Sheikh Mattai received him hospitably, and gave him lodging in their monastery.The Cradle of Mankind|W.A. Wigram
One night Sheikh Bayazid went out of the town, and found reigning everywhere profound silence.
British Dictionary definitions for sheikh
noun (in Muslim countries)
- the head of an Arab tribe, village, etc
- a venerable old man
- a high priest or religious leader, esp a Sufi master
Word Origin for sheikh
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."