she·rif also sha·rif (shə-rēf)
1. A descendant of the prophet Muhammad through his daughter Fatima.
2. The chief magistrate of Mecca in Ottoman times.
3. A Moroccan prince or ruler.
[Arabic šarīf, noble, from šarufa, to be highborn; see śrp2 in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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