from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of caftan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A long tunic worn in the Eastern Mediterranean.
  • n. A long dress or shirt similar in style to those worn in the Eastern Mediterranean.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • See caftan.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See caftan.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a woman's dress style that imitates the caftan cloaks worn by men in the Near East
  • n. a (cotton or silk) cloak with full sleeves and sash reaching down to the ankles; worn by men in the Levant


Via Russian кафтан, from Turkish kaftan, from Persian خفتان (xaftân). (Wiktionary)


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  • I used to make kaftans for my husband. However, they have long been passe in this neck of the woods.

    July 3, 2007