Meaning of “caliph” in the English Dictionary

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"caliph" in British English

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caliphnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkeɪ.lɪf/ us /ˈkeɪ.lɪf/

Examples from literature

  • Beneath one of these domes the caliph was entertained with excellent sherbet, with sweetbreads stewed in milk of almonds, and other delicacies of which he was amazingly fond. 
  • These, possibly the remnants of a quay, were all that remained of the times before the advent of the caliphs. 
  • This same caliph again gathered together a host and fell upon our people. 
  • We can easily conceive the alarm of the caliph. 
  • When the caliph arrived near the town he waited three days and they gave him food and barley. 

(Definition of “caliph” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"caliph" in American English

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caliphnoun [ C ]

/ˈkeɪ·ləf, ˈkæl-/

world history a political and religious leader of Islam in the period following the death of Muhammad

(Definition of “caliph” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)