sayyid

sayyid

[sah-yid, sey-id]
noun
1.
(in Islamic countries) a supposed descendant of Muhammad through his grandson Hussein, the second son of his daughter Fatima.
2.
a title of respect, especially for royal personages.
Also, said, sayed, sayid.


Origin:
1780–90; < Arabic: lord

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sayyid, sayid or said (ˈsaɪɪd)
 
n
1.  a Muslim claiming descent from Mohammed's grandson Husain
2.  a Muslim honorary title
 
[C17: from Arabic: lord]
 
sayid, sayid or said
 
n
 
[C17: from Arabic: lord]
 
said, sayid or said
 
n
 
[C17: from Arabic: lord]

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sayyid
Muslim title of honor, applied to descendants of Hussein, Muhammad's grandson, 1788, from Arabic sayyid, lit. "lord, chief."
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sayyid

(Arabic: "master," or "lord"), Arabic title of respect, sometimes restricted, as is the title sharif, to the Banu Hashim, members of Muhammad's clan; in particular, the descendants of Muhammad's uncles al-'Abbas and Abu Talib and of 'Ali ibn Abi Talib by Muhammad's daughter Fatimah. In the Hejaz, sayyid is further restricted to the descendants of Husayn, the younger son of 'Ali and Fatimah.

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