or ca·lif, ka·lif, ka·liph, kha·lif
- 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).
Origin of caliph
Examples from the Web for kalif
He raised the lid and showed the wondering Kalif the two stones.
When they are blotted out, we take the sultan and kalif unawares!God Wills It!
William Stearns Davis
The Kalif, Hakin, who founded the religion of the Druses, re-enacted this law.Dealings With The Dead
A Sexton of the Old School
Because of Ayesha's intrigues Ali was unable to succeed Mohammed as kalif.Oriental Women
Edward Bagby Pollard
The kalif, loath to put so brave a knight to death, cast him into prison.Women of the Romance Countries (Illustrated)
John R Effinger
- a variant spelling of caliph
calif, kalif or khalif
- Islam the title of the successors of Mohammed as rulers of the Islamic world, later assumed by the Sultans of Turkey
Word Origin and History for kalif
late 14c., from Old French caliphe (12c., also algalife), from Medieval Latin califa, from Arabic khalifa "successor," originally Abu-Bakr, who succeeded Muhammad in the role of leader of the faithful after the prophet's death.