Language of Origin: Arabic
Shaykh is a word or honorific term in the Arabic language that literally means "elder." It is commonly used to designate an elder of a tribe, a revered wise man, or an Islamic scholar. Although the title generally refers to a male, a very small number of female sheikhs have also existed in history.
While the term shaykh also refers to a man over 40or 50 years old generally, usually a person is known as a shaykh when they have completed their undergraduate university studies in Islamic studies and are trained in giving lectures.