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


Nearby words

  1. kali,
  2. kali yuga,
  3. kalian,
  4. kalidasa,
  5. kalif,
  6. kalimantan,
  7. kalimba,
  8. kalinin,
  9. kalinin, mikhail ivanovich,
  10. kaliningrad


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

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


the rank, jurisdiction, or government of a caliph.

Origin of caliphate

First recorded in 1725–35; caliph + -ate3

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Examples from the Web for 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


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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