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

Definition of madras

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

Examples of madras in a Sentence

an Indian woman wearing a madras in bright yellow
Recent Examples on the Web There is perhaps no greater patchwork proselytizer than Ralph Lauren, who scaled up from scraps to reliably mass-produce tweed and madras iterations with each season. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 10 Mar. 2022 Take, for instance, the home with the endless expanse of silky green that bears the cross-hatched pattern of the finest madras. Kris Frieswick, WSJ, 22 July 2021 The thought of a Grosse Pointe Antifa made plenty of people who saw her tweet pause, given Grosse Pointe's longstanding reputation — er, stereotype — as the land of pastel polo shirts, loud madras pants and mingling at country clubs. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 20 Nov. 2020

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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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“Madras.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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Madras geographical name

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

Definition of Madras

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

Other Words from madras

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

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