caliph

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noun ca·liph \ˈkā-ləf, ˈka-ləf\
variants: or less commonly

calif

Definition of caliph

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

caliphal

play \-lə-fəl\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of caliph

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


First Known Use: 14th century

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CALIPH Defined for Kids

caliph

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noun ca·liph \ˈkā-ləf\
variants: or

calif

\ˈkā-ləf\

Definition of caliph for Students

  1. :  an important Muslim political and religious leader



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