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[kaf-tan, -tuh n, kaf-tan] /ˈkæf tæn, -tən, kæfˈtæn/
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  • 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
  • Certainly this kaftan is a very fine one, but I should like to know what master taught this young man how to make clothes.'

  • He threw his arms around the sultan, crushing the satin of his kaftan and his armload of scrolls against his body.

  • Has folded up his turban, put away his kaftan, hung up his yataghan, and once more resumed the dress of commonplace Englishman.

  • Of this latter kind (amongst many others) are the Oriental words hummum, kaftan, gul, &c.

    The English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • Ivan took some bread in one hand, and his kaftan (coat) in the other, and left the room.

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

  • The artist had depicted him in a kaftan of crimson hue with large strass buttons; in his hand he held some sort of unusual flower.

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

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • They followed him and touched his kaftan with their lips; they pushed their children under his hands for his blessing.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for 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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