Sheik vs Emirate - What's the difference?

sheik | emirate |

As nouns the difference between sheik and emirate

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



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.




    (en noun)
  • A country ruled by an emir.
  • The office of an emir.
  • See also

    * United Arab Emirates


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