Definition of sayyid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈseɪjɪd/
Pronunciation: /ˈsʌɪɪd/


1A Muslim claiming descent from Muhammad, especially through Husayn, the prophet’s younger grandson: sayyids possessed spiritual blessing or holiness [as modifier]: privileges of sayyid rulers
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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: the Secretary of Internal Affairs was Ali Sayyid Abdullah
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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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