Etymology (Meaning of Words)/Tracing etymology of names of clothing items
QUESTION: What is the origin of the following words: kaftans, kimono, choli, sari, churidar, sharara, kurti, kurta, chadar, chous, dhoti, lehngas and langguti.
ANSWER: Hello, I hope that you're having a fine week,
The number of word requests exceeds the available time but I'll be happy to supply the etymology of 5 words:
Caftan (sp) The caftan, the long tunic worn in Turkey is from the Turkish/Arabic word qaftan and the Persian khaftan all meaning the same; a long cloth covering for outerwear.
Kimono is from the Japanese word 'kimono' meaning 'a thing put on' Ki means 'wear' + mono means 'thing'
Choli , a short-sleeved blouse worn under a sari, is from the Hindi word for bodice or blouse.
Sari, the long wrapped garment worn by Hindu women, is from the Sanskrit word 'sati' meaning garment or petticoat.
A chador, the shawl worn by Muslim women, is from the Persian word 'chadar' meaning tent, scarf, veil, sheet or table-cloth.
The very best to you always, CP
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QUESTION: Hi, I hope you won't mind me asking you another question. Actually I did try to find out myself but all my efforts done turned out to be vain. Well, I wanted to know when and why in fact these words entered mauritian kreol? Waiting hopefully.
Sorry for the delay, I've been on vacation.
My specialty is etymology; the origins of English words and phrases.
I'm so sorry but I think you'll need an expert in Mauritian Kreol for the answer. I hope there's a good website or two on the Internet. Good luck and The best to you always, CP