kālif, kalif; kəlēf
Supreme ruler: the title taken by Muhammad's successors as secular and religious heads of Islam.
Webster's New World
Other Word Forms of Caliph
Origin of Caliph
Middle English calife from Old French from Arabic ḫalīfa successor (to Muhammad), caliph from ḫalafa to succeed ḫlp in Semitic roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old French caliphe, from Medieval Latin califa, from Arabic خليف (khalīf) - successor.
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