ma·​dras | \ ˈma-drəs How to pronounce madras (audio) , mə-ˈdras, -ˈdräs \

Definition of madras

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a large silk or cotton kerchief usually of bright colors that is often worn as a turban
2a : a fine plain-woven shirting and dress fabric usually of cotton with varied designs (such as plaid) in bright colors or in white
b : a light open usually cotton fabric with a heavy design used for curtains


geographical name
Ma·​dras | \ mə-ˈdras How to pronounce Madras (audio) , -ˈdräs \

Definition of Madras (Entry 2 of 2)

1 — see tamil nadu
2 or now officially Chennai \ ˈche-​ˌnī How to pronounce Chennai (audio) \ city and port on the Bay of Bengal in southern India population 4,646,732

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Geographical name

Madrasi \ mə-​ˈdra-​sē How to pronounce Madrasi (audio) , -​ˈdrä-​ \ noun

Examples of madras in a Sentence

Noun an Indian woman wearing a madras in bright yellow

First Known Use of madras


circa 1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for madras


Madras, India

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The first known use of madras was circa 1830

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“Madras.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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