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[kuh-deev] /kəˈdiv/
the title of the Turkish viceroys in Egypt from 1867 to 1914.
< French khédive < Turkish hidiv < Persian khidīw prince
Related forms
khedival, khedivial
[kuh-dee-vee-uh l] /kəˈdi vi əl/ (Show IPA),
[kuh-dee-vee-it, -eyt] /kəˈdi vi ɪt, -ˌeɪt/ (Show IPA),
[kuh-dee-vit, -veyt] /kəˈdi vɪt, -ˌveɪt/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for khedive


the viceroy of Egypt under Ottoman suzerainty (1867–1914)
Derived Forms
khedival, khedivial, adjective
khedivate, 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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Encyclopedia Article for khedive

title granted by the Ottoman sultan Abdulaziz to the hereditary pasha of Egypt, Isma'il, in 1867. Derived from a Persian term for "lord" or "ruler," the title was subsequently used by Isma'il's successors, Tawfiq and 'Abbas II, although it had been used informally by his predecessors before that. It was replaced by the title of sultan in 1914, when Egypt became a British protectorate.

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