Sheik vs Emir - What's the difference?

sheik | emir |

As nouns the difference between sheik and emir

is that sheik is the leader of an arab village, family or small tribe while emir is emir.

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Alternative forms

* sheikh * shaykh


(en noun)
  • The leader of an Arab village, family or small tribe.
  • An Islamic religious clergy; the leader of an Islamic religious order.
  • (some Arab Gulf countries)
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  • (slang) An Arab, especially one dressed in traditional clothing.
  • Usage notes

    The use for a religious leader is colloquial as a means of respect. There is no official title.



    Alternative forms

    * amir * emeer


    (en noun)
  • a prince, commander or other leader or ruler in an Islamic nation.
  • a descendant of the prophet Muhammad.
  • Derived terms

    * emirate


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