One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A man's long belted tunic, worn in countries of the Near East.
- ‘Trouser legs are down to ankles and kaftans are girded with a long piece of rope.’
- ‘Men traditionally wear long gowns called kaftans, and women wear long robes that leave only their hands and feet exposed.’
- ‘The kaftan, a long, loose-fitting long robe, is still worn throughout much of Morocco in both rural and urban areas.’
- ‘Today's tops borrow heavily from Indian high fashion, with long tunics and caftans all prettied up with sequins.’
- ‘This passion helped the export of prized Kashmir woollen caftans and shawls to various countries.’
- ‘Somebody would need to get him out of those kaftans and into some relaxed-fit jeans.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He does all this wearing a flowing caftan and a burnoose.’
- 1.1 A woman's long loose dress.
cloak, wrap, mantle, capeView synonyms
- ‘Try to keep to your typical style of dress, but only slightly flowier - we are not talking caftans or muumuus!’
- ‘This is Fatima with a kaftan, black with a bodice of intricate dark red embroidery.’
- ‘Juliet Dunn is another designer who has sharpened up the caftan by using diamanté or sequins alongside the expected swirls of embroidery.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘No, sensibly and sensationally, they float about in beautiful saris, djellabahs and caftans, looking very stylishly dressed.’
- ‘She lives with her daughter and together they have assembled the world's premier collection of housecoats and caftans.’
- ‘Her head is uncovered; she is wearing a dirty caftan instead of a chador.’
- ‘Sunset cocktail dresses, tropical disco pants, neon kaftans, bikinis, all laced with glamour.’
- 1.2 A loose shirt or top.
- ‘Wear a kaftan top over a sunburst swimsuit or a linen sequin skirt scattered with sparkling sequins.’
- ‘For spring, that translates into caftans and tunics and embroidered skirts, teamed variously with stovepipe pants and fitted tops for contrast.’
- ‘With saris, kaftans and a range of Indo-Western outfits, this Fourth Umpire's look is far from sporty.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Most women can get away with wearing stripes on a loose kaftan top that just skims the bottom.’
Late 16th century: from Turkish, from Persian ḵaftān, partly influenced by French cafetan.
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