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caliphate

or cal·if·ate, kal·i·fate, khal·i·fate

[kal-uh-feyt, -fit, key-luh-]
noun
  1. the rank, jurisdiction, or government of a caliph.
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Origin of caliphate

First recorded in 1725–35; caliph + -ate3
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caliphate

califate or kalifate

noun
  1. the office, jurisdiction, or reign of a caliph
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Word Origin and History for caliphate

n.

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

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