EXAMPLES | caliph or ca·lif, ka·lif, ka·liph, kha·lif noun 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 1350–1400; Middle English caliphe, califfe < Middle French < Medieval Latin calipha < Arabic khalīf(a) successor (of Muhammad), derivative of khalafa succeed Related forms cal·iph·al , [ kal- uh-f uh l, key-l uh-] /ˈkæl ə fəl, ˈkeɪ lə-/ adjective
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C14: from Old French, from Arabic
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Word Origin and History for kaliph n.
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.
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