Definition of Madras in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmadrəs//məˈdras//məˈdräs/

proper noun

  • 1

    former name (until 1995) for Chennai
  • 2

    former name (until 1968) of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu




Definition of madras in English:


Pronunciation /məˈdräs//ˈmadrəs//məˈdras/


  • A strong, fine-textured cotton fabric, typically patterned with colorful stripes or checks.

    • ‘Eastern Ijo memorial arts, including the funeral bed shown in the preceding gallery, which is elaborately decorated with Indian madras, also reflect the eclectic approach taken by Delta artists.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Sportmax went for 1970s romance with long hippie skirts in madras.’
    • ‘Afterwards, we stapled madras tissue (it's variegated with beautiful colors) over their line drawing paper.’
    • ‘It consists of a madras head-tie and a skirt with lace petticoats draped at the sides.’
    • ‘They wear a George, or madras, wrapper and carry brass bells.’
    • ‘He wore a Shazi polo shirt - a mixture of black and madras cloth.’
    • ‘For the prepsters, madras returns in a variety of colours.’
    • ‘Stripes and plaids, mostly madras style, were in both prints and yam dyes.’
    • ‘For women's wear, the firm generated interest with its crushed voile in small plaids and stronger madras plaids, noted Luc Wende, marketing manager.’
    • ‘The costume features madras fabric, introduced from India after Antigua won independence.’
    • ‘He's wearing a madras hat, plaid women's slacks that go down only as far as his shins, and a plaid jacket with two drooping flowers in his lapel.’
    • ‘I close my eyes and, once more, imagine him standing before me, all tan muscles, adorable grin, tousled brown hair, and sea-green eyes, fingering the hem of his madras button-down in that cute nervous way he has.’
    • ‘They looked about sixty or so, weekenders, he in jeans and madras shirt, she in a white t-shirt under summer dress, both with that healthy gleam you see in older folks a lot these days, all active-minds and fiberful-digestions.’
    • ‘When I turned back, he was still standing at the stage, big as life, in that ugly madras jacket.’
    • ‘I don't remember how long the first madras trend lasted - just a summer somewhere in the '60s, maybe?’
    • ‘Rose had used babysitting money to buy a new pair of pedal pushers and a madras plaid cropped top.’
    • ‘On the yacht, you'll have the true believers in capitalism (in their madras jackets), and on dry land, everyone else - hurling insults at them.’
    • ‘Ashanti kept his head tied with a madras bandana.’


Mid 19th century: by association with Madras.