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  1. the title of the Turkish viceroys in Egypt from 1867 to 1914.
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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
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Examples from the Web for khedive

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Historical Examples

  • 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

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for khedive


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

Word Origin

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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