There are 2 main definitions of madras in English:

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madras 1

Pronunciation: /ˈmadrəs/
/məˈdras/
/məˈdräs/

noun

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

Origin

Mid 19th century: by association with Madras.

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Syllabification: mad·ras

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There are 2 main definitions of madras in English:

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Madras 2

Pronunciation: /ˈmadrəs/
/məˈdras/ /məˈdräs/
1 Former name (until 1995) for Chennai.
2 former name (until 1968) of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Words that rhyme with Madras

brass, carse, class, coup de grâce, farce, glass, grass, Grasse, impasse, Kars, kick-ass, kvass, Laplace, Maas, outclass, pass, sparse, stained glass, surpass, upper class, volte-face

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Syllabification: Ma·dras

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