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This article is about the Arabic honorific. For the community of African descendants in India and Pakistan, see Siddi. For other uses, see Sidi (disambiguation).

Sidi is a masculine title of respect, meaning "my master" in Western Arabic language and Egyptian Arabic (sayyid in other dialects) equivalent to modern popular usage of the English Mr.. It is also used in other Arabic dialects, such as Eastern Arabic, as well as by Muslims of the Indian subcontinent in the Urdu language; however, in these latter two cases, "Sidi" does not have so much currency as titles like sayed, janab or saheb.

Occasionally a respected member of a Muslim society will be given the title Sidi by default in recognition of upright standing and wisdom. This especially applies to marabouts, hence the term appears in places and mosques named after one.

In the Maghrebi kingdom of Morocco:

  • Sidi ('Lord'): the title used as a substitute for Mulay by those male members of the ruling Alawi dynasty sharing the first name of the Muslim Prophet, Muhammad
  • Smiyet Sidi: a style usually reserved for the Sovereign or the Heir Apparent, loosely, but imperfectly, translated as 'His Lordship' or 'Monseigneur'

In neighbouring Tunisian Arabic, it has evolved into two separate variants: "Si" means Mister or Sir, while "Sidi" means "Master" or "Saint", depending on the context. For example older conservative Tunisian women call their husbands "Sidi", not by first name; older conservative Tunisians (both men and women) call their older brothers "Sidi", especially when there is a large age difference between them. There are two female equivalents of "Sidi": "Lella", a word of Amazigh origin, when used in a social context, and "Sayyeda" when speaking about female saints, for example "(Es)-Sayyeda El-Manoubiyya".

In the Hijaz region of Saudi Arabia, the word sidi is used as an honorific when addressing an older brother by many of the more traditional families.

The term was also used by Arabized Spanish, Portuguese and Berbers in Mozarabic-speaking Moorish Spain (cf. El Cid).


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Wed, 07 Oct 2015 16:03:45 -0700

The company Sidi, in fact, from simple shoe craftsmanship in the early 60s, has become a leader in the field of cycling and motorcycling as evidenced by the thousands of people around the world, professional athletes or simple riders, who chose Sidi to ...

Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine

Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine
Fri, 25 Sep 2015 16:37:30 -0700

Most of Sidi's boots are full-fledged race shoes with slide plates and all the technical trimming, so it's no surprise that the Canyon Gore-Tex is also equipped with as many safety features as they could hide beneath the casual black leather exterior ...

Cyclocross Magazine

Cyclocross Magazine
Wed, 23 Sep 2015 05:01:18 -0700

Although Sidi certainly has an aura of a classic old Italian cycling shoe company, the folks present at Interbike 2015 showed of a line of shoe models that was rather forward thinking, not only in terms of cycling disciplines, but in cycling ...

PezCycling News

PezCycling News
Mon, 28 Sep 2015 09:41:15 -0700

At the 2015 UCI World Championships in Richmond (Virginia-USA), Sidi Sport made it to the podium in the most important race, the Elite men's road race, with Lithuanian rider Ramunas Navardauskas. Sidi scored the bronze medal with Navardauskas, who ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Tue, 29 Sep 2015 08:13:26 -0700

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui doesn't take collaboration lightly. For Milonga (2013), he immersed himself deep in Argentinean tango; for Sutra (2008), he went to live with Shaolin monks; and for the creation of Genesis, his latest production, he's been in ...


Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:22:30 -0700

Sidi Mohamed Dadach, president of CODAPSO ( born in 1957 in Guelta, Western Sahara, which would be declared as Spain's province number 53 in 1958) is known as The Sahara's Mandela, or by some friends as Mandela "in poor version". In the three ...

PezCycling News

PezCycling News
Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:07:30 -0700

After a long, three week adventure covering 21 stages and 3358.1 km., the 70th edition of the Vuelta Espana has come to an end. The Spanish stage race gave the Sidi Sport colours some splendid thrills. Riders from the Sidi stables were among the major ...

U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report
Fri, 09 Oct 2015 12:52:30 -0700

Though he's been in the entertainment industry for three decades, "I've always been a political junkie," Sidi tells Whispers, adding he never seriously thought of merging the two despite their obvious commonalities. Inspiration struck two years ago, he ...

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