World English Dictionary
kaftan or caftan (ˈkæftæn, -ˌtɑːn, ˈkæftæn, -ˌtɑːn)
1.  a long coatlike garment, usually worn with a belt and made of rich fabric, worn in the East
2.  an imitation of this, worn, esp by women, in the West, consisting of a loose dress with long wide sleeves
[C16: from Turkish qaftān]
caftan or caftan
[C16: from Turkish qaftān]

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man'sman'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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On festive occasions he wears a skull cap and a kaftan that give him an appearance of bourgeois solidity.
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