or ca·lif, ka·lif, ka·liph, kha·lif
- a spiritual leader of Islam, claiming succession from Muhammad.
- any of the former Muslim rulers of Baghdad (until 1258) and of the Ottoman Empire (from 1571 until 1924).
Origin of caliph
Examples from the Web for caliph
The Caliph is just playing a role for his time,” says Abu Mustafa, “then we will be done with him.With Friends Like These, ISIS Is Doomed
July 24, 2014
The Caliph, who knew his merit, had entire confidence in him.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
The first clock that ever measured time was made for the Caliph of Bagdad.
You, good reader, are the Caliph,—the mock magician is myself.One Of Them
Charles James Lever
Saddle my horse—not the black I rode yesterday—the fresh one, Caliph.The Long Roll
He became the astronomer and physician of the Caliph Motadhid.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
calif, kalif or khalif
- Islam the title of the successors of Mohammed as rulers of the Islamic world, later assumed by the Sultans of Turkey
Word Origin and History for caliph
late 14c., from Old French caliphe (12c., also algalife), from Medieval Latin califa, from Arabic khalifa "successor," originally Abu-Bakr, who succeeded Muhammad in the role of leader of the faithful after the prophet's death.