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 Imagine a summer holiday art-directed by a Missoni scion, and a picture comes to mind: generations of impossibly chic Italians, toes lapped by the Mediterranean, dressed in breezy caftans and crochet bikinis. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "This Fashion-Royalty Daughter Just Launched the Most Stylish Sun-Protective Swimwear," 24 Oct. 2018 Those contestants included Jackie Cox (whose non-drag name is Darius Rose), who donned a red-striped caftan with a midnight blue hijab outlined with 50 silver stars. Sharareh Drury, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jeff Goldblum Faces Social Media Backlash Over Islam Comments on 'RuPaul's Drag Race'," 25 Apr. 2020 Tie-Dye Everything T-shirts, hoodies, pedal pushers, caftans, handbags, button-downs, bikinis…literally everything is getting the tie-dye treatment. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Biggest Instagram Trends of Summer 2019," 26 July 2019 Channeling the breezy vibes of its caftans and lightweight separates, the label’s debut swimwear was created with a holiday spirit in mind. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Dior Taps These Black Artist And More Jan/Feb Style News," 8 Jan. 2020 Among her creations were elaborately designed high-end caftans. New York Times, "Huguette Caland, 88, Dies; Celebrated Freedom in Art and Life," 30 Sep. 2019 His next stop was, where $20.99 and one click purchased a lavender-gray cotton caftan from an outfitter called Jacansi. Henry Alford, The New Yorker, "Adventures of a Caftan-Curious Man," 11 Nov. 2019 The first episode of The Politician features Jessica Lange scamming her way into Olive Garden, Gwyneth Paltrow smoking cigarettes in an expensive caftan, and Ben Platt belting at a funeral. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Netflix’s The Politician Is a Hilarious Mix of Glee, Scream Queens, and—Weirdly—The Act," 27 Sep. 2019 Silk shirts and caftans made from spathoto and Amalia-motif fabric types can be found on sale in Los Angeles, Paris, London and elsewhere. Iliana Mier, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Greek fashion firms revitalize centuries-old silk tradition," 29 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of caftan was in 1591

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21 May 2020

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“Caftan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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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