[ she-reef ]
/ ʃɛˈrif /


a governor of Mecca descended from Muhammad.
an Arab chief, prince, or ruler.


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Also sharif, she·reef.

Origin of sherif

First recorded in 1590–1600, sherif is from the Arabic word sharīf exalted (person) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sherif


shereef sharif

/ (ʃɛˈriːf) /

noun plural ashraf Islam

a descendant of Mohammed through his daughter Fatima
(formerly) the governor of Mecca
an honorific title accorded to any Muslim ruler

Word Origin for sherif

C16: from Arabic sharīf noble
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