- a long garment having long sleeves and tied at the waist by a girdle, worn under a coat in the Middle East.
- a long, full, usually collarless robe with wide sleeves that is worn at home for lounging or entertaining or at the beach as a cover-up.
Origin of caftan
1585–95; < Russian kaftán < Turkish < Persian qaftān
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Examples from the Web for caftan
The guard disappeared; and the caftan falling to the ground, revealed Honain.Alroy
The Sultan had plainly written to him that he was to wear this caftan.The Slaves of the Padishah
He was particular about his dress, and wore his caftan about a span shorter than any one else.
He went to the monastery school as a Jew, in caftan and curls.
Out of respect for the latter he had not removed his caftan.The Mantle and Other Stories
- a variant spelling of kaftan
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Word Origin and History for caftan
1590s, "long tunic worn in Turkey, etc.," from Turkish qaftan (also in Arabic), from Persian khaftan. As a similar shirt or dress style in the West, it is attested from c.1955.
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