Definition of sayyid in English:


Syllabification: say·yid
Pronunciation: /ˈsäyid, ˈsāyid


  • 1A Muslim claiming descent from Muhammad, especially through Husayn, the prophet’s younger grandson.
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    • This pattern in the Islamic movement emphasizes the effectiveness of the traditional network of ulama or sayyids based on their sacredness, nobility of origin, or salvation of the soul.
    • But regarding the political position, it's the responsibility of the Sayyid himself.
    • All the other small details will be settled within the family and with the blessings of the Sayid.
  • 1.1A respectful Muslim form of address.
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    • But Sayyid Al-Husseini, a farmer in Mahaweel, 50 miles south of Baghdad, scoffs at that.


Arabic, literally 'lord, prince'.

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