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madras

[mad-ruh s, 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.
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adjective
  1. made of or resembling madras.
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Origin of madras

First recorded in 1825–35; named after Madras

Madras

[muh-dras, -drahs]
noun
  1. former name of Chennai
  2. former name of Tamil Nadu.
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madras

noun
    1. a strong fine cotton or silk fabric, usually with a woven stripe
    2. (as modifier)madras cotton
  1. something made of this, esp a scarf
  2. a medium-hot currychicken madras
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Word Origin

C19: by association with the Madras area

Madras

noun
  1. the former official name of Chennai
  2. the former name (until 1968) for the state of Tamil Nadu
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Word Origin and History for madras

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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