sheikh (also shaykh or sheik) NOUN 1) an Arab leader, especially the chief or head of a tribe, family, or village. 2) a leader in a Muslim community or organization.
DERIVATIVES sheikhdom noun.
ORIGIN Arabic, 'old man, sheikh' .

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