caftan

A caftan is a loose, draped garment that's worn like a long tunic or a dress down to the ankles. Spending a day at the beach? You might want to bring a caftan to throw on over your bathing suit!

Various groups of Middle Easterners have worn caftans (also spelled kaftan), going back as far as ancient Mesopotamia. A caftan's fabric depends on the climate — in warm countries, they're made of lightweight cotton or silk, while in cooler places, caftans might be made of wool, often worn as heavy coats over other clothing. During the mid-20th century, caftans became stylish in the U.S., and by the 1970s, they were associated with the hippie counterculture.

Definitions of caftan
  1. noun
    a (cotton or silk) cloak with full sleeves and sash reaching down to the ankles; worn by men in the Levant
    synonyms: kaftan
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    type of:
    cloak
    a loose outer garment
  2. noun
    a woman's dress style that imitates the caftan cloaks worn by men in the Near East
    synonyms: kaftan
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    type of:
    dress, frock
    a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice
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