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 In a Figue caftan that swirled with ’70s-esque florals, Lange led by example. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 20 June 2022 The woman who ordered the caftan stops by every few days to check on its progress, but Mina doesn’t like her attitude and asks her husband not to give such fine work to someone so callous. Peter Debruge, Variety, 5 June 2022 On the first night of Camilla and Charles's Caribbean tour, the Duchess paired a white sheer caftan with appliqué detailing, white wide-legged dress pants, and a wicker clutch for a dinner at Prime Minister's residence in Barbados. The Editors, Town & Country, 4 June 2022 And the way the blue caftan comes into play in a conclusion that marks the movie’s sole use of non-diegetic music is just beautiful. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 May 2022 There is also the matter of the eponymous caftan, which a client has commissioned from Halim for a special occasion. Peter Debruge, Variety, 5 June 2022 In particular, Halim’s elaborate work on a splendid blue caftan for the pushy wife of a town official fascinates Youssef. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 May 2022 The label’s scarf, plus an embellished caftan from Sandra Mansour and some heeled mules by Andrea Wazen, will do just fine. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 14 Jan. 2022 Some of the most memorable names in fashion leaned heavily on the caftan—Diana Vreeland, Talitha Getty, André Leon Talley—and for good reason. Nicole Kliest, Vogue, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Caftan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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