the title of the Turkish viceroys in Egypt from 1867 to 1914.

Origin of khedive

< French khédive < Turkish hidiv < Persian khidīw prince
Related formskhe·div·al, khe·div·i·al [kuh-dee-vee-uh l] /kəˈdi vi əl/, adjectivekhe·div·i·ate [kuh-dee-vee-it, -eyt] /kəˈdi vi ɪt, -ˌeɪt/, khe·div·ate [kuh-dee-vit, -veyt] /kəˈdi vɪt, -ˌveɪt/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of khedive

  • The Khedive of Egypt persuades himself that the success of the equilateral will silence his local political rivals.

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Historical Examples of khedive

  • He received the medal and clasp, Khedive's star and the 3rd class of the Medjidie.

  • And I wonder if his palace was handsomer than the Khedive's?

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • And if you think Ferdinand's the man to give in to a cranky Khedive, you're much mistaken.

    The Great Hunger

    Johan Bojer

  • The Khedive expressed himself to Gordon in a letter dated Jan. 26, 1884.

  • Was he in the employ of the Khedive, or was he still responsible to the Home Government?

British Dictionary definitions for khedive



the viceroy of Egypt under Ottoman suzerainty (1867–1914)
Derived Formskhedival or khedivial, adjectivekhedivate or khediviate, noun

Word Origin for khedive

C19: from French khédive, from Turkish hidiv, from Persian khidīw prince
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Word Origin and History for khedive

Turkish viceroy of Egypt, 1867, from French khédive, from Turkish khidiv, from Persian khidiw "prince," derivative of khuda "master, prince," from Old Persian khvadata- "lord," from compound *khvat-data-, literally "created from oneself," from khvat- (from PIE *swe-tos "from oneself," ablative of root *s(w)e-; see idiom) + data- "created."

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