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sherif

[she-reef] /ʃɛˈrif/
noun
1.
a governor of Mecca descended from Muhammad.
2.
an Arab chief, prince, or ruler.
Also, sharif, shereef.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Arabic sharīf exalted (person)
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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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