[kal-uh-feyt, -fit, key-luh-]


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

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

Origin of caliphate

First recorded in 1725–35; caliph + -ate3
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Historical Examples of kalifate

  • But at length Ali was victorious, taking Ayesha a prisoner and becoming the fourth of the line of the kalifate.

    Oriental Women

    Edward Bagby Pollard

British Dictionary definitions for kalifate


califate or kalifate

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



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

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