Definition of khedive in US English:

khedive

noun

  • The title of the viceroy of Egypt under Turkish rule 1867–1914.

    • ‘It was French culture and French institutions which the Khedives had tried to adopt.’
    • ‘Part of the Ottoman Empire from 1517, it became practically autonomous under the rule of the Khedives during the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘He finally declared Egypt as an autonomous state under the Ottoman sovereignty, and started a dynasty of Khedives and Kings that lasted for over a century.’
    • ‘Further inside is the white marble tomb of Bambah Qadin, and behind this the tomb of Khedive Tawfik.’
    • ‘He was the Governor and then the Khedive of Egypt from January 19, 1863 to June 26, 1879.’
    • ‘On display are the royal trains of the Khedives and their magnificent carriages.’
    • ‘This train was only built for the use of Khedive, Saiid Pasha.’
    • ‘His son Tawfik Pasha succeeded him as the Khedive of Egypt.’
    • ‘The Khedive also supported academic journals, including one that aided the spread of science and scholarship among Egyptians.’
    • ‘In 1875 Disraeli bought the Khedive's large holding in the shares of the company which ran the canal.’
    • ‘The Cataract was opened in 1899 in a ceremony attended by Abbas Helmy, the Khedive of Egypt, as well as by British dignitaries such as a son of Queen Victoria, Winston Churchill and Lord and Lady Cromer.’
    • ‘Disraeli's purchase of the shares of the Khedive of Egypt in the Suez Canal Company was a further blow to the French, who had not forgotten that Great Britain had displaced French power in Canada and India in the eighteenth century.’
    • ‘The whole 6,000 paraded in their battalions and marched past the Khedive and their country's flag.’
    • ‘To the south of Mohammed Ali's Mosque is his ‘Jewel Palace’, the Qasr el-Gawhara, which was used as a museum for the jewels of the Khedives after the 1952 revolution.’

Origin

Via French from Ottoman Turkish ḵediv, from Persian ḵadiw ‘prince’ (variant of ḵudaiw ‘minor god’, from ḵudā ‘god’).

Pronunciation

khedive

/kəˈdiv//kəˈdēv/