Madras



[mad-ruh s, muh-dras, -drahs] /ˈmæd rəs, məˈdræs, -ˈdrɑs/

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.
[muh-dras, -drahs] /məˈdræs, -ˈdrɑs/
noun
1.
a seaport in and the capital of Tamil Nadu state, in SE India, on the Bay of Bengal.
2.
former name of .
/ˈmædrəs; məˈdræs; -ˈdrɑːs/
noun
1.

2.
something made of this, esp a scarf
3.
a medium-hot curry: chicken madras
/məˈdrɑːs; -ˈdræs/
noun
1.
the former official name of Chennai
2.
the former name (until 1968) for the state of Tamil Nadu
adj.

1833, in reference to the former Indian state of Madras (modern Chennai, a Tamil name), from which this type of bright-colored muslin cloth was exported. The British fort there dates from 1639; the name sometimes is said to be from Sanskrit mandra, a god of the underworld, but perhaps rather from Arabic madrasa “school” or Portuguese Madre (de Deus).

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