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 (kăf′tăn′, -tən, kăf-tăn′)
Variant of caftan.


(ˈkæftæn; -ˌtɑːn) or


1. (Clothing & Fashion) a long coatlike garment, usually worn with a belt and made of rich fabric, worn in the East
2. (Clothing & Fashion) an imitation of this, worn, esp by women, in the West, consisting of a loose dress with long wide sleeves
[C16: from Turkish qaftān]


or kaf•tan

(ˈkæf tæn, kæfˈtæn)

1. a long garment with long sleeves, sometimes sashed at the waist, worn in the Middle East.
2. a long full robe, similar to this, worn for lounging, as beachwear, etc.
[1585–95; < Russian kaftán < Turkish < Persian qaftān]
caf′taned, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kaftan - a woman's dress style that imitates the caftan cloaks worn by men in the Near East
dress, frock - a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice
2.kaftan - a (cotton or silk) cloak with full sleeves and sash reaching down to the ankles; worn by men in the Levant
cloak - a loose outer garment


[ˈkæftæn] Ncaftán m


[ˈkæftæn] ncafetan m


[ˈkæftæn] ncaffettano



(ˈkӕftӕn) noun
a type of long flowing dress or robe sometimes brightly-coloured.
References in classic literature ?
The owner of the vile den, a bony short man in a dirty cloth caftan coming down to his heels, stood by, his hands tucked into his belt, and nodded confirmation.
Yes, little father," the man in the long caftan said plaintively.
D es caftans brodes ou perles, aux couleurs variees.
They look empowered when they celebrate in caftans at parties.
International interest in traditional dress from the Middle East and North Africa hit its first peak in the 1960s, when wealthy Western hippies made Moroccan caftans the epitome of liberal, bohemian dress.
Spotting a niche in that market, Alam is one of a growing number of modern designers transforming the more conservative abayas and caftans into contemporary attire with touches of shimmery beads and patterns for the everyday woman.
remaking the 'ghetto'--by commissioning Secession and Wiener Werkstatte interiors; yet by supporting this style, they continue to mark their difference--or as the architect Adolf Loos commented, they merely replaced the old caftans of the ghetto with the new caftans of the Werkstatte.
A sensational onstage music ensemble, dominated by percussionists and two dynamic singers in gold caftans and headdresses, make the music as vivid as the dancing.
And Chinese robes, Japanese kimonos, Indian lungis, South Asian sarongs, and North African caftans are certainly skirt-like.
Caftans and garden dresses dominated the wedding fashions during the hippie era of the 1960s.