[ kaf-tan, kaf-tan ]
/ ˈkæf tæn, kæfˈtæn /


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.


Also kaftan.

Origin of caftan

1585–95; < Russian kaftán < Turkish < Persian qaftān

Related forms

caf·taned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for caftan


/ (ˈkæfˌtæn, -ˌtɑːn) /


a variant spelling of kaftan
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