• WordNet 3.6
    • n caftan a (cotton or silk) cloak with full sleeves and sash reaching down to the ankles; worn by men in the Levant
    • n caftan a woman's dress style that imitates the caftan cloaks worn by men in the Near East
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Caftan A garment worn throughout the Levant, consisting of a long gown with sleeves reaching below the hands. It is generally fastened by a belt or sash.
    • v. t Caftan To clothe with a caftan. "The turbaned and caftaned damsel."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n caftan A garment worn by men in Turkey, Egypt, and other eastern countries, consisting of a kind of long vest tied about the waist with a girdle, and having sleeves long enough to extend beyond the tips of the fingers. A long cloth coat is worn above it.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Caftan kaf′tan a Persian or Turkish vest.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Turk. qaftān,: cf. F. cafetan,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Turk. qaftán.


In literature:

He wore a yellow caftan, and wide blue silk trousers.
"Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home" by Bayard Taylor
Then he felt some one plucking the shirt of his caftan.
"Taras Bulba and Other Tales" by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
A graceful stripling in turban and caftan of cloth of gold salaamed to him from the topmast step.
"The Sea-Hawk" by Raphael Sabatini
A stooped bearded figure appears garbed in the long caftan of an elder in Zion and a smokingcap with magenta tassels.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
He affectedly adopts the Armenian dress, with its big fur bonnet and long girdled caftan, among the Swiss peasantry.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIII" by John Lord
Over this sash some wear a caftan, others only a spencer, generally of silk.
"A Visit to the Holy Land, Egypt, and Italy" by Ida Pfeiffer
The Moor wore a caftan richly embroidered on the breast and sleeves, and confined around the waist with a silken sash or girdle.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
Shall my son contend with a mad tailor, to see who can make the best caftan?
"The Oriental Story Book" by Wilhelm Hauff
Dmitri was seized, his royal garments were torn off, and the caftan of a pastry-cook was placed upon him.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Yossel, propped on his crutches, was pulling out a mouldering black-covered book from under his greasy caftan.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
The Moor wore a caftan richly embroidered on the breast and sleeves; and confined around the waist with a silken vest or girdle.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
Put on her gold embroidered caftan.
"The Lion of Janina" by Mór Jókai
Azraele now took her gay Persian shawl from her waist and made ready to lay aside her caftan.
"The Golden Age in Transylvania" by Mór Jókai
Along this road walked a man, wearing the long cloth caftan of a merchant.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 99, January, 1866" by Various
He went to the monastery school as a Jew, in caftan and curls.
"The Jews of Barnow" by Karl Emil Franzos
Out of respect for the latter he had not removed his caftan.
"The Mantle and Other Stories" by Nicholas Gogol
The husbands of the two ladies from Pinsk were attired in long silk caftans, and side-curls escaped on each cheek from beneath their caps.
"Simon Eichelkatz; The Patriarch" by Ulrich Frank
The Russian coachman, a perfect type with his long caftan and flat cap.
"Letters of a Diplomat's Wife" by Mary King Waddington
The dancers were all dressed in white caftans or in the blue shirts of the lowest classes.
"In Morocco" by Edith Wharton
Thus the whole order of the world he lived in was transformed by a golden caftan.
"The Slaves of the Padishah" by Mór Jókai

In poetry:

With my saddle for a pillow did I prop my weary head,
And my caftan-cloth unfolded o'er my limbs was lightly spread,
While beside me, both as Captain and as watchman of my band,
Lay my Bazra sword and pistols twain a-shimmering on the sand.
"The Spectre-Caravan" by Hermann Ferdinand Freiligrath

In news:

Of course one anticipates that a show called "Men in Skirts" will have plenty of caftans and kilts , but other displays defy expectation.
None of us New Yorkers want our colonoscopy performed by a lady wearing a plunging Roberto Cavalli leopard-print silk-chiffon caftan.
You thought you could navigate summer's hottest trends, but you took a wrong turn at the leopard-print caftans, blew right past the dip-dyed hair and now, you're just circling the same color block.
But she did find a way to get on HSN, starting with caftans — exotic, embroidered and one-size-fits-all.
"When I lived in Egypt, we always wore caftans," she said.