Chennai

geographical name
Chen·​nai | \ ˈche-ˌnī \

Definition of Chennai

city and port on the Bay of Bengal in southern India population 4,646,732

Note: Chennai serves as capital of the state of Tamil Nadu.

formerly known as Madras

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