- a long-sleeved robe with a sash, worn in E Mediterranean countries
- a long, loose dress, usually with wide sleeves, worn, esp. by women, in the West
Origin of caftanTurkish qaft?n
- A full-length garment with elbow-length or long sleeves, worn chiefly in eastern Mediterranean countries.
- A westernized version of this garment consisting of a loose, usually brightly colored waist-length or ankle-length tunic.
Origin of caftanRussian kaftan, from Ottoman Turkish qaftan (equivalent to Modern Turkish kaftan), from Old Turkic qaptan, alteration of earlier *qap-t&omacron;n : qap, sack + t&omacron;n, garment.