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sherif

[ she-reef ]
/ ʃɛˈrif /
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noun
a governor of Mecca descended from Muhammad.
an Arab chief, prince, or ruler.
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Also she·reef; sha·rif [shuh-reef] /ʃəˈrif/ .

Origin of sherif

First recorded in 1590–1600, sherif is from the Arabic word sharīf “exalted (person)”
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British Dictionary definitions for sherif

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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