Definition of khedive in US English:



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

    • ‘The Khedive also supported academic journals, including one that aided the spread of science and scholarship among Egyptians.’
    • ‘Part of the Ottoman Empire from 1517, it became practically autonomous under the rule of the Khedives during the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘On display are the royal trains of the Khedives and their magnificent carriages.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was the Governor and then the Khedive of Egypt from January 19, 1863 to June 26, 1879.’
    • ‘This train was only built for the use of Khedive, Saiid Pasha.’
    • ‘In 1875 Disraeli bought the Khedive's large holding in the shares of the company which ran the canal.’
    • ‘Further inside is the white marble tomb of Bambah Qadin, and behind this the tomb of Khedive Tawfik.’
    • ‘His son Tawfik Pasha succeeded him as the Khedive of Egypt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was French culture and French institutions which the Khedives had tried to adopt.’
    • ‘The whole 6,000 paraded in their battalions and marched past the Khedive and their country's flag.’
    • ‘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.’


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