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[kuh-leef, key-lif, kal-if] /kəˈlif, ˈkeɪ lɪf, ˈkæl ɪf/
Also, khalifa
[kuh-lee-fuh] /kəˈli fə/ (Show IPA)
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  • That the collected army of the khalifa was immense they were well aware.

    In the Mahdi's Grasp George Manville Fenn
  • But I hear that an army is going south to fight the khalifa.

    In the Mahdi's Grasp George Manville Fenn
  • They knew that athwart the khalifa's writ was stencilled "Made in Germany."

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • After the fall of the khalifa I followed him there; it took me several years.

    Queen Sheba's Ring H. Rider Haggard
  • The khalifa, he says, has no necessity for any friendship from those who are infidels and unbelievers.

    A Desert Drama A. Conan Doyle
  • The royal family is a numerous one, being a branch of the El khalifa tribe.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • The khalifa, they said, had ordered every sail-boat to go south of Khartoum.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
British Dictionary definitions for khalifa


/ˈkeɪlɪf; ˈkæl-/
a variant spelling of caliph
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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