any caliph of the North African dynasty, 909–1171, claiming descent from Fatima and Ali.
any descendant of Fatima and Ali.

Also Fat·i·mite [fat-uh-mahyt] /ˈfæt əˌmaɪt/.

Origin of Fatimid

First recorded in 1720–30
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  • After these two great rulers the Fatimid caliphate subsisted for nearly two centuries by no virtue or energy of its own.

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British Dictionary definitions for fatimid



a member of the Muslim dynasty, descended from Fatima, daughter of Mohammed, and Ali, her husband, that ruled over North Africa and parts of Egypt and Syria (909–1171)
Also called: Fatimite (ˈfætɪˌmaɪt) a descendant of Fatima and Ali
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Word Origin and History for fatimid


Arab dynasty that ruled 908-1171 in North Africa and sometimes Egypt and Syria, from Fatima, daughter of Muhammad by his first wife, Khadija; Fatima married Ali, and from them the dynasty claimed descent.

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