A garment worn in Turkey and other Eastern countries. It is a sort of under-tunic or vest tied by a girdle at the waist.
“Picturesque merchants and their customers, no longer in the big trousers of Egypt, but [in] the long caftans and abas of Syria.” —B. Taylor. Lands of the Saracen, chap. ix. p. 122.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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