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mad·ras(măd′rəs, mə-drăs′, -dräs′)
1. A lightweight, often plain-woven cotton cloth, usually with a plaid, striped, or checked pattern.
2. A similar lightweight patterned cloth made of silk or rayon.
3. A large handkerchief of brightly colored silk or cotton, often worn as a turban.
[After Madras (Chennai), India.]
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madras(ˈmædrəs; məˈdræs; -ˈdrɑːs)
a. a strong fine cotton or silk fabric, usually with a woven stripe
b. (as modifier): madras cotton.
2. (Clothing & Fashion) something made of this, esp a scarf
3. (Cookery) a medium-hot curry: chicken madras.
[C19: by association with the Madras area]
1. (Placename) the former official name of Chennai
2. (Placename) the former name (until 1968) for the state of Tamil Nadu
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mad•ras(ˈmæd rəs, məˈdræs, -ˈdrɑs)
1. a light cotton fabric of various weaves, esp. one in multicolored plaid or stripes.
2. a thin curtain fabric of a gauzelike weave with figures of heavier yarns.
3. a large brightly colored silk or cotton kerchief often used for turbans.
[1885–90; earlier Madras handkerchief, after Madras]
1. the capital of Tamil Nadu state, in SE India, on the Bay of Bengal. 4,277,000.
2. former name of Tamil Nadu.
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|Noun||1.||Madras - a state in southeastern India on the Bay of Bengal (south of Andhra Pradesh); formerly Madras|
|2.||Madras - a city in Tamil Nadu on the Bay of Bengal; formerly Madras|
|3.||madras - a light patterned cotton cloth|
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