- a light cotton fabric of various weaves, especially one in multicolored plaid or stripes, used for shirts, dresses, jackets, etc.
- a thin curtain fabric of a light, gauzelike weave with figures of heavier yarns.
- a large, brightly colored kerchief, of silk or cotton, often used for turbans.
- made of or resembling madras.
Origin of madras
Examples from the Web for madras
Outnumbered five to one in Britain, Scots made up 60 percent of the merchants in Bengal, Calcutta and Madras.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality
September 18, 2014
And, of course, no warm weather spot would be without his infamous Adidas slip-on sandals and a pair of madras shorts.Look What Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Wore On Their Hawaiian Vacation
April 25, 2013
Naan dunked in matzoh ball soup, served by a Yiddish-speaking waiter from Madras.Tony Judt's Final Words
November 23, 2010
For a certain reason we had to disembark at Madras and return home to Calcutta.My Reminiscences
The second break, I saw the other day in the Madras records.From Edinburgh to India & Burmah
William G. Burn Murdoch
But in the Madras Presidency dolmens are found converted into Siva temples.The Evolution of the Dragon
G. Elliot Smith
At present there seems to be no caste called Andh in Madras.
In Madras, a branch of the pomegranate tree is usually stuck in.The Faith of Islam
- a strong fine cotton or silk fabric, usually with a woven stripe
- (as modifier)madras cotton
- something made of this, esp a scarf
- a medium-hot currychicken madras
Word Origin and History for madras
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).