noun ca·liph \ˈkā-ləf, ˈka-ləf\

: an important Muslim political and religious leader

Full Definition of CALIPH

:  a successor of Muhammad as temporal and spiritual head of Islam —used as a title
ca·liph·al \-lə-fəl\ adjective

Variants of CALIPH

ca·liph also ca·lif \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

appellation, beatitude, brethren, emeritus, esquire, sire, sous

Rhymes with CALIPH

CALIPHAL Defined for Kids


noun ca·liph \ˈkā-ləf\

Definition of CALIPH for Kids

:  an important Muslim political and religious leader

Variants of CALIPH

ca·liph or ca·lif \ˈkā-ləf\


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