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[sah-yid, sey-id] /ˈsɑ yɪd, ˈseɪ ɪd/
(in Islamic countries) a supposed descendant of Muhammad through his grandson Hussein, the second son of his daughter Fatima.
a title of respect, especially for royal personages.
Also, said, sayed, sayid.
1780-90; < Arabic: lord Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for sayyid


a Muslim claiming descent from Mohammed's grandson Husain
a Muslim honorary title
Word Origin
C17: from Arabic: lord
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Word Origin and History for sayyid

also sayid, Islamic title of honor, applied to descendants of Hussein, Muhammad's grandson, 1788, from Arabic sayyid "lord, chief," perhaps literally "speaker, spokesman."

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Encyclopedia Article for 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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