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 khalif
Historical Examples of khalif
There had been the usual lapse into anarchy and weakness after the Great Khalif's death.A Short History of Spain
Mary Platt Parmele
The retort of the khalif must have given them the surprise of their lives.A Boswell of Baghdad
E. V. Lucas
The palace of the khalif at Bagdad is three miles in extent.
And the khalif answered, that he believed he had enough of his own proper men.
He was proclaimed the first khalif, or successor of the Prophet.History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science
John William Draper
- 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 for caliph
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.