Origin: ME & OFr calife < Ar khalīfa, caliph, successor < khalafa, succeed
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also ca·lif or kha·lifnoun
Origin: Middle English calife
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Arabic ḫalīfa, successor (to Muhammad), caliph
Origin: , from ḫalafa, to succeed; see ḫlp in Semitic roots.
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