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[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.
1585-95; < Russian kaftán < Turkish < Persian qaftān
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caftaned, adjective Unabridged
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  • Wearing a simple white caftan and a traditional fez-style cap, he discussed his past and the upcoming polls.
  • So pair a caftan shirt with cropped white pants or wide-legged trousers.
  • If you're in the market for a more contemporary caftan, one you could actually wear back home, this is the place.
British Dictionary definitions for caftan


/ˈkæfˌtæn; -ˌtɑːn/
a variant spelling of kaftan


/ˈkæftæn; -ˌtɑːn/
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
C16: from Turkish qaftān
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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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Encyclopedia Article for caftan

man's full-length garment of ancient Mesopotamian origin, worn throughout the Middle East. It is usually made of cotton or silk or a combination of the two

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