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sharif

[shuh-reef] /ʃəˈrif/
noun
1.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600

Sharif

[shah-reef] /ʃɑˈrif/
noun
1.
a male given name: from an Arabic word meaning “exalted.”.
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British Dictionary definitions for sharif

sharif

/ʃæˈriːf/
noun
1.
a variant transliteration of sherif

sherif

/ʃɛˈriːf/
noun (Islam) (pl) ashraf
1.
a descendant of Mohammed through his daughter Fatima
2.
(formerly) the governor of Mecca
3.
an honorific title accorded to any Muslim ruler
Word Origin
C16: from Arabic sharīf noble
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Word Origin and History for sharif
n.

1550s, shereef, from Arabic sharif "noble, glorious," from sharafa "to be exalted." A descendant of Muhammad through his daughter Fatima.

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Encyclopedia Article for sharif

sharaf

Arabic title of respect, restricted, after the advent of Islam, to members of Muhammad's clan of Hashim-in particular, to descendants of his uncles al-'Abbas and Abu Talib and of the latter's son 'Ali by Muhammad's daughter Fatimah. In the Hejaz (western coast of Arabia), the title of sharif is said to have been further restricted to the descendants of Hasan, the elder son of 'Ali and Fatimah. Sharifs originally were heads of prominent families in a town. Later they supplied the local semiautonomous rulers of Mecca and Medina, especially when the cities were under the suzerainty of Baghdad and Cairo, while after the establishment of Ottoman rule, the Ottomans normally recognized the senior representative of the sharifs as prince of Mecca.

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