madras

madras

[mad-ruhs, muh-dras, -drahs]
noun
1.
a light cotton fabric of various weaves, especially one in multicolored plaid or stripes, used for shirts, dresses, jackets, etc.
2.
a thin curtain fabric of a light, gauzelike weave with figures of heavier yarns.
3.
a large, brightly colored kerchief, of silk or cotton, often used for turbans.
adjective
4.
made of or resembling madras.

Origin:
1825–35; named after Madras

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Madras

[muh-dras, -drahs]
noun
1.
a seaport in and the capital of Tamil Nadu state, in SE India, on the Bay of Bengal.
2.
former name of Tamil Nadu.
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madras (ˈmædrəs, məˈdræs, -ˈdrɑːs)
 
n
1.  a.  a strong fine cotton or silk fabric, usually with a woven stripe
 b.  (as modifier): madras cotton
2.  something made of this, esp a scarf
3.  a medium-hot curry: chicken madras
 
[C19: by association with the Madras area]

Madras (məˈdrɑːs, -ˈdræs)
 
n
1.  the former official name of Chennai
2.  the former name (until 1968) for the state of Tamil Nadu

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madras
1833, in allusion to the former Indian state of Madras, from which this type of bright-colored muslin cloth was exported.
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