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 Sadly, the Earth Shoes that my mom wore with the caftan didn’t make it beyond my first Brooklyn apartment. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Clothing Advice I Wish My Mother (and I) Would Take," 30 Apr. 2021 This above-ankle, super breezy number is like a slightly more put-together caftan for everyday wear. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "8 Breezy Sundresses You'll Want To Live In All Summer Long—From Amazon's The Drop Clothing Collection," 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, "Lady Gaga Wears a White Suit and Some Serious Platform Heels in Rome," 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, "How NatGeo's 'Genius: Aretha' makes Queen of Soul come alive through her iconic wardrobe," 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,, "Lady Gaga Was Just Spotted With Her Darkest Hair In Years," 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, "Lady Gaga Wraps Up in a Classic Camel Coat from Max Mara in Milan," 3 Mar. 2021 Kaftko Just in time for the holidays, designer Oday Shakar’s gender-neutral loungewear label released the Kozy Bear caftan for adults ($135) and kids ($85). Lindzi Scharf, Los Angeles Times, "The absolute comfiest loungewear of 2020," 4 Dec. 2020 On Blue: Oscar de la Renta caftan ($4,890); Verdura earrings ($82,500) and bracelet ($83,500); Pomellato bracelet ($57,900); Oscar Heyman ring ($68,000). The Editors, Town & Country, "A Love Letter to New York," 23 Nov. 2020

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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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8 May 2021

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“Caftan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 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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