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caliph

noun ca·liph \ˈkā-ləf, ˈka-ləf\

Definition of caliph

  1. :  a successor of Muhammad as temporal and spiritual head of Islam —used as a title

caliphal play \-lə-fəl\ adjective


Variants of caliph

also calif play \ˈkā-ləf, ˈka-ləf\

Origin of caliph

Middle English caliphe, from Middle French calife, from Arabic khalīfa successor


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Forms of Address Terms

Rhymes with caliph


CALIPH Defined for Kids

caliph

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noun ca·liph \ˈkā-ləf\

Definition of caliph for Students

  1. :  an important Muslim political and religious leader



Variants of caliph

or calif \ˈkā-ləf\


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