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[kal-uh-feyt, -fit, key-luh-]
  1. caliphate.
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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.
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Origin of caliphate

First recorded in 1725–35; caliph + -ate3
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Examples from the Web for khalifate

Historical Examples

  • “But the person of Majesty, the sacredness of the Khalifate,” cried the 280 others.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • Nothing more was done for twenty years, because of the disputes that arose about the succession to the khalifate.

  • It is related of Ali, the son-in-law of Mohammed, and the fourth successor in the khalifate, that he gave himself up to letters.

  • The Khalifate of Kowfat at present buys its whole supply of cotton piece goods in our market and pays cash.

  • The columns of the twin windows on either side of the door appear to date from the time of the Khalifate.

    Southern Spain

    A.F. Calvert

British Dictionary definitions for khalifate


califate or kalifate

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



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

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