Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

madras

play
noun ma·dras \ˈma-drəs; mə-ˈdras, -ˈdräs\

Definition of madras

  1. 1 :  a large silk or cotton kerchief usually of bright colors that is often worn as a turban

  2. 2 a :  a fine plain-woven shirting and dress fabric usually of cotton with varied designs (as plaid) in bright colors or in white b :  a light open usually cotton fabric with a heavy design used for curtains



Examples of madras in a sentence

  1. <an Indian woman wearing a madras in bright yellow>



Origin and Etymology of madras

Madras, India


First Known Use: circa 1830


Madras

play
geographical name Ma·dras \mə-ˈdras, -ˈdräs\

Definition of Madras

  1. 1 — see tamil nadu

  2. 2 or Chennai play \ˈche-ˌnī\ city & port S India ∗ of Tamil Nadu pop 4,216,268

Madrasi

play \-ˈdra-sē, -ˈdrä-\ noun



Learn More about madras


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up madras? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a representation of something

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

confounded-person

Which is a synonym of indolent?

lazy philistine frenetic melancholy
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ