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).
- Also ka·lif, ka·liph; kha·lif [kuh-leef, key-lif, kal-if], /kəˈlif, ˈkeɪ lɪf, ˈkæl ɪf/, kha·li·fa [kuh-lee-fuh] /kəˈli fə/ .
- cal·iph·al [kal-uh-fuhl, key-luh-], /ˈkæl ə fəl, ˈkeɪ lə-/, adjective
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How to use caliph in a sentence
“This is my advice to you,” said the self-proclaimed caliph.
The caliph is just playing a role for his time,” says Abu Mustafa, “then we will be done with him.
The new caliph, “Ibrahim,” thoroughly looks the part of a super-villain, and his initial statements exactly fit the bill.
Baghdad officials claimed the self-proclaimed caliph was wounded in an air strike days earlier.The Terrorist Caliph as Nation Builder in Iraq, Syria, and Beyond | Jamie Dettmer | July 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He became the astronomer and physician of the caliph Motadhid.Old-Time Makers of Medicine | James J. Walsh
I went immediately to wait upon the caliph, and gave him an account of my embassy.The Arabian Nights | Unknown
A similar temper was diffused among the subjects of the caliph.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire | Edward Gibbon
The word caliph means the vicar or the successor of the Prophet.The Contemporary Review, January 1883 | Various
If they prefer to continue to recognize the Sultan as caliph, they should be free to do so.The Contemporary Review, January 1883 | Various
British Dictionary definitions for caliph
Islam the title of the successors of Mohammed as rulers of the Islamic world, later assumed by the Sultans of Turkey
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