kaftan

Alternative Spellings

coftan, koftan, caftan, kaftan, kaften, caften, koften, coften, kaftn, caftn, koftn, coftn

Definitions

  • A man's long black overcoat.

Example Sentences

  • "My father always wore his kaftan in public."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

קאַפֿטאַן kaftan 'coat'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Dictionaries

Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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