[kaf-tan, -tuh n, kaf-tan]


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Historical Examples of kaftan

  • He fumbled and tugged with one hand at the breast of his kaftan.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • The dragoman is exquisitely arrayed, galabeah and kaftan gray-blue, with a pink petticoat, and a white one under that.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • He went to his son and begged that he would humour his mother, who had set her heart on his making a kaftan.

  • Labakan came first and spread out his kaftan before the eyes of the astonished king.

  • Certainly this kaftan is a very fine one, but I should like to know what master taught this young man how to make clothes.'

British Dictionary definitions for kaftan




a long coatlike garment, usually worn with a belt and made of rich fabric, worn in the East
an imitation of this, worn, esp by women, in the West, consisting of a loose dress with long wide sleeves

Word Origin for kaftan

C16: from Turkish qaftān
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