In Arabic-speaking contexts: a woman, a lady. Chiefly used as a title or form of address preceding a name.
In forms of address, often preceded by ya.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Edward Lane (1801–1876), orientalist. From Arabic sitt lady, madam, mistress, variant (with contraction) of classical Arabic sayyidat-, sayyida, feminine form corresponding to sayyid.