an official in the Muslim
3. Slang , Obsolete
a masterful man to whom women are irresistibly attracted
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Word origin of 'sheik'Ar shaikh, lit., old man < shākha, to grow old; (sense 3) after E. M. Hull's novel, The Sheik (1921)