Meaning of Khedive in English:


Pronunciation /kɪˈdiːv/


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

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Part of the Ottoman Empire from 1517, it became practically autonomous under the rule of the Khedives during the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘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 Khedive also supported academic journals, including one that aided the spread of science and scholarship among Egyptians.’
    • ‘The whole 6,000 paraded in their battalions and marched past the Khedive and their country's flag.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was French culture and French institutions which the Khedives had tried to adopt.’
    • ‘He was the Governor and then the Khedive of Egypt from January 19, 1863 to June 26, 1879.’
    • ‘His son Tawfik Pasha succeeded him as the Khedive of Egypt.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘This train was only built for the use of Khedive, Saiid Pasha.’


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