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[kal-uh-feyt, -fit, key-luh-] /ˈkæl əˌfeɪt, -fɪt, ˈkeɪ lə-/


or califate, kalifate, khalifate

[kal-uh-feyt, -fit, key-luh-] /ˈkæl əˌfeɪt, -fɪt, ˈkeɪ lə-/
the rank, jurisdiction, or government of a caliph.
Origin of caliphate
First recorded in 1725-35; caliph + -ate3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • “But the person of Majesty, the sacredness of the khalifate,” cried the 280 others.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Nothing more was done for twenty years, because of the disputes that arose about the succession to the khalifate.

  • It is related of Ali, the son-in-law of Mohammed, and the fourth successor in the khalifate, that he gave himself up to letters.

  • The khalifate of Kowfat at present buys its whole supply of cotton piece goods in our market and pays cash.

    My Discovery of England Stephen Leacock
  • The columns of the twin windows on either side of the door appear to date from the time of the khalifate.

    Southern Spain A.F. Calvert
  • The court of the Omayades at Cordova saw a literature blossom which did not disappear even after the fall of the khalifate.

    Moorish Literature Anonymous
  • A seer has arisen of the blood of the Prophet, who will restore the khalifate to its old glories and Islam to its old purity.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • He was one of the better known poets of the khalifate, and his work may still be found in the original.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
British Dictionary definitions for khalifate


/ˈkeɪlɪˌfeɪt; -fɪt; ˈkæl-/
the office, jurisdiction, or reign of a caliph
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for khalifate



"dominion of a caliph," 1610s, from caliph + -ate (1). Meaning "rank of a caliph" is recorded from 1753.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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