Definition of kaftan in English:


(also caftan)


  • 1A man's long belted tunic, worn in countries of the Near East.

    • ‘Social change was documented through the fashion pages, and '50s couture gave way to mini skirts and trouser suits, which in turn gave way to kaftans and kimonos.’
    • ‘Men traditionally wear long gowns called kaftans, and women wear long robes that leave only their hands and feet exposed.’
    • ‘A sensational onstage music ensemble, dominated by percussionists and two dynamic singers in gold caftans and headdresses, make the music as vivid as the dancing.’
    • ‘Somebody would need to get him out of those kaftans and into some relaxed-fit jeans.’
    • ‘Today's tops borrow heavily from Indian high fashion, with long tunics and caftans all prettied up with sequins.’
    • ‘Trouser legs are down to ankles and kaftans are girded with a long piece of rope.’
    • ‘The kaftan, a long, loose-fitting long robe, is still worn throughout much of Morocco in both rural and urban areas.’
    • ‘He does all this wearing a flowing caftan and a burnoose.’
    • ‘Although Bolton surveys the history of such clothing - togas, kimonos, sarongs, caftans, kilts, and so on - the show focuses mainly on contemporary designers and fashion houses inspired by gender-bending ideas.’
    • ‘This passion helped the export of prized Kashmir woollen caftans and shawls to various countries.’
    1. 1.1 A woman's long loose dress.
      • ‘Sunset cocktail dresses, tropical disco pants, neon kaftans, bikinis, all laced with glamour.’
      • ‘No, sensibly and sensationally, they float about in beautiful saris, djellabahs and caftans, looking very stylishly dressed.’
      • ‘Asian, African and Middle Eastern attire such as the sarong, dhoti, lungi, caftan, kameez, the Chinese robe and the kimono are increasingly turning up on the catwalks of fashion capitals in the west.’
      • ‘Juliet Dunn is another designer who has sharpened up the caftan by using diamanté or sequins alongside the expected swirls of embroidery.’
      • ‘This is Fatima with a kaftan, black with a bodice of intricate dark red embroidery.’
      • ‘Try to keep to your typical style of dress, but only slightly flowier - we are not talking caftans or muumuus!’
      • ‘Her head is uncovered; she is wearing a dirty caftan instead of a chador.’
      • ‘Her collection features see-through tops, floaty long skirts in jazzy prints, kaftans with matching wide-legged trousers and dresses which leave little to the imagination.’
      • ‘She lives with her daughter and together they have assembled the world's premier collection of housecoats and caftans.’
      cloak, wrap, mantle, cape
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    2. 1.2 A loose shirt or top.
      • ‘For spring, that translates into caftans and tunics and embroidered skirts, teamed variously with stovepipe pants and fitted tops for contrast.’
      • ‘Most women can get away with wearing stripes on a loose kaftan top that just skims the bottom.’
      • ‘With saris, kaftans and a range of Indo-Western outfits, this Fourth Umpire's look is far from sporty.’
      • ‘Wear a kaftan top over a sunburst swimsuit or a linen sequin skirt scattered with sparkling sequins.’
      • ‘Upon arrival we were greeted by the usual sway of scarves, kaftans and generally tie-died attire that surrounds these types of festivals.’
      • ‘Pairing a kaftan with a pair of slim linen trousers is a really great look.’


Late 16th century: from Turkish, from Persian ḵaftān, partly influenced by French cafetan.