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.
How to use madras in a sentence
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 | Noah Caldwell | September 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Isabel Wilkinson | April 25, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Naan dunked in matzoh ball soup, served by a Yiddish-speaking waiter from madras.
The larger boats of the natives struck me as very remarkable, and differed entirely from those I saw at madras.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
In the madras case the first class fare is over five times as much as the third class fare.Third class in Indian railways | Mahatma Gandhi
Today we perceived the low ranges of the Rajmahal Hills, the first we had seen since we left madras.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
Through the mists I could see a way, even if I failed to find madras and arrange another surprising situation.Mrs. Falchion, Complete | Gilbert Parker
I had promised madras never to let her know that he was alive, but I would break the promise if madras himself did not come.Mrs. Falchion, Complete | Gilbert Parker
British Dictionary definitions for madras (1 of 2)
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 curry: chicken madras
British Dictionary definitions for Madras (2 of 2)
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