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madras1

Line breaks: ma¦dras
Pronunciation: /məˈdrɑːs
 
, -ˈdras/

noun

[mass noun]
1A strong cotton fabric with colourful stripes or checks: [as modifier]: a short-sleeved madras shirt
More example sentences
  • 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 wore a Shazi polo shirt - a mixture of black and madras cloth.
2A dish of meat, fish, or vegetables in a hot curry sauce.
Example sentences
  • There were about 15 main dishes in total, including about half-a-dozen for vegetarians, with all the sauces being pretty much run-of-the-mill, such as korma, madras and jalfrezi.
  • Just when you think you couldn't possibly see another choice, a new page opens up in the menu, hitting you with dhansak, dupiaza, madras and vindaloo.
  • After these there are nine chicken varieties including a madras, korma and vindaloo.

Origin

mid 19th century: by association with Madras.

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There are 2 main definitions of madras in English:

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Madras2

Line breaks: Ma¦dras
Pronunciation: /məˈdrɑːs
 
, -ˈdras/
1 Former name (until 1995) for Chennai.
2 former name (until 1968) for the state of Tamil Nadu.

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