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a historically important region on the SE coast of India: now in Madras state.
Historical Examples

About 1736 the district fell into the hands of the nawab of the Carnatic, and the line of the Nayaks was extinguished.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 3 Various

I’ll stir up a quarrel the way they do down in the Carnatic.
The Little Clay Cart (Attributed To) King Shudraka

The language which the sultan used was the Carnatic Malabar.
Tales And Novels, Volume 2 (of 10) Maria Edgeworth

I understand, then, Captain Parker, that you report the Carnatic fit for any service?
The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper

It was also taken by Hyder Ali when that invader ravaged the Carnatic in 1780, and held by him for some time.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4 Various

The Carnatic is a country not much inferior in extent to England.
Library of the World’s Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7 Various

That hurricane of war passed through every part of the central provinces of the Carnatic.
Library of the World’s Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7 Various

There were two Kojahs in the employ of the late Nabob of the Carnatic.
Castes and Tribes of Southern India Edgar Thurston

He had, too, other things to trouble him as to the state of the Carnatic, and so hastened to make peace.
With Clive in India G. A. Henty

Tanjore and the Carnatic were shortly after annexed to their dominions.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 10 Various

a region of S India, between the Eastern Ghats and the Coromandel Coast: originally the country of the Kanarese; historically important as a rich and powerful trading centre; now part of Tamil Nadu state


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