[ she-reef ]
/ ʃɛˈrif /


a governor of Mecca descended from Muhammad.
an Arab chief, prince, or ruler.
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. 2019

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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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