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a member of a monotheistic religion, founded in the Punjab c1500 by the guru Nanak, that refuses to recognize the Hindu caste system or the Brahmanical priesthood and forbids magic, idolatry, and pilgrimages.


of or relating to the Sikhs or to Sikhism.

Origin of Sikh

Borrowed into English from Hindi around 1750–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sikh


/ (siːk) /


a member of an Indian religion that separated from Hinduism and was founded in the 16th century, that teaches monotheism and that has the Granth as its chief religious document, rejecting the authority of the Vedas


of or relating to the Sikhs or their religious beliefs and customs
Derived FormsSikhism, noun

Word Origin for Sikh

C18: from Hindi, literally: disciple, from Sanskrit śiksati he studies
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Word Origin and History for sikh



1781, member of a politico-religious community established c.1500 in Punjab by Nanak Shah, from Hindi sikh "disciple," from Sanskrit siksati "studies, learns," related to saknoti "he is able, he is strong" (see Shakti).

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