ca·​liph·​ate ˈkā-lə-ˌfāt How to pronounce caliphate (audio)
: the office of a caliph or the land he rules over

Examples of caliphate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About a decade ago, the Islamic State declared the establishment of a caliphate over swaths of Syria and Iraq. Ben Brasch, Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2024 Although the Islamic State has lost its caliphate in Syria and Iraq, that did not destroy the idea or the cause, said Andrew J. Tabler, a former U.S. government official on security issues in the Middle East and a senior fellow specializing in Syria at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Neil MacFarquhar, New York Times, 24 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for caliphate 

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Word History


see caliph

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of caliphate was in 1594

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“Caliphate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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ca·​liph·​ate ˈkā-lə-ˌfāt How to pronounce caliphate (audio)
: the office or dominion of a caliph

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