caf·​tan | \ ˈkaf-(ˌ)tan How to pronounce caftan (audio) \
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Definition of caftan

: a usually cotton or silk ankle-length garment with long sleeves that is common throughout the Middle East

Examples of caftan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web First, there is Deborah Vance, the caftan-wearing, QVC-pitching Las Vegas comedian who Smart plays with ruthless panache. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2021 Unlike the original housedress, which was designed to #work, the modern Western interpretation of the caftan was designed for leisure. Betsy Cribb, Southern Living, 19 May 2021 Sadly, the Earth Shoes that my mom wore with the caftan didn’t make it beyond my first Brooklyn apartment. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, 30 Apr. 2021 This above-ankle, super breezy number is like a slightly more put-together caftan for everyday wear. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 20 Apr. 2021 She was previously photographed in standout looks including a striking leopard-print caftan from Celine and a classic camel Max Mara coat with prim white gloves. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Mar. 2021 Bryan had extreme difficulty locating a fabric that matched or even resembled the green silk caftan that Franklin donned for those sessions. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 19 Mar. 2021 Over the last few days, Gaga has been spotted wearing a number of remarkable high-fashion looks, including a full-length leopard-print caftan by Celine. Sarah Midkiff,, 5 Mar. 2021 The singer and actress was just spotted days ago in Rome ahead of filming Gucci, already in character in a brunette updo and flowing leopard caftan by Celine. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of caftan

1591, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caftan

Russian & Turkish; Russian kaftan, from Turkish, from Persian qaftān

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13 Jun 2021

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“Caftan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of caftan

: a long piece of clothing with long sleeves that is worn by men in countries that are just east of the Mediterranean Sea

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