from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Formerly Ma·dras (mə-drăsˈ, -dräsˈ)Chennai A city of southeast India on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. Founded in 1639 as Fort St. George by the British East India Company, Chennai was held by the French from 1746 to 1748. It is today a major industrial, commercial, and cultural center with a thriving harbor (constructed 1862-1901). Population: 4,210,000.
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- proper n. State capital of Tamil Nadu (India), formerly known as Madras.
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- n. a city in Tamil Nadu on the Bay of Bengal; formerly Madras
From the name of Chennappa Naicker, the Rajah of Chandragiri, a Telugu-speaker from Andhra Pradesh. (Wiktionary)