Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A cotton cloth of fine texture, usually with a plaid, striped, or checked pattern.
  • n. A silk, generally striped, cloth.
  • n. A light cotton cloth used for drapery.
  • n. A similar cloth of rayon.
  • n. A large handkerchief of brightly colored silk or cotton, often worn as a turban.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a brightly colored cotton fabric with a checked or striped pattern.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large silk-and-cotton kerchief, usually of bright colors, such as those often used by negroes for turbans.
  • n. A light patterned cotton fabric.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large handkerchief of silk and cotton, usually in bright colors, used by the negroes in the West India islands and elsewhere for turbans, etc.
  • n. A thin cotton cloth, generally corded or figured, used for shirts, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a light patterned cotton cloth
  • n. a state in southeastern India on the Bay of Bengal (south of Andhra Pradesh); formerly Madras
  • n. a city in Tamil Nadu on the Bay of Bengal; formerly Madras

Etymologies

After Madras (Chennai), India.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Madras. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • The boys never attended a "madras" (sic) or Islamic school as Emir claims, because the Islamic Center at 1425 E.

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  • Nazism was not identical with atheism (religion lessons in the schools were still mandatory up to 1945!), and Stalin (brought up in a Christian orthodox "madras") did not commit his atrocities under the banner of atheism:

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  • He is a man of about 75, nursing a martini and looking enormously pleased to be wearing a madras jacket with a striped tie.

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  • Now you're ready to saunter into a trendy restaurant in an open-collar shirt, madras blazer and knee-length pants.

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  • The audience howled when the American husband came out on stage wearing madras Bermudas and sat down with his family to eat dinner in the kitchen while the maids ate in the dining room.

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  • In fact, as I write this very article, I am nibbling a bowl of Chex Mix... or is it a bowl of madras?

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  • There we were, the next morning, Mrs. O. still wearing white linen pants, me with my madras jacket not yet in mothballs, facing the last and worst thing of all about summer—it's over.

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  • The team pants and madras parkas will not be offered for retail sale, but Burton's other top-of-the-line snowboard pants are available online for as much as $450.

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  • Patchwork madras can however, be a little tricky to work with, as its one of the few fabrics, with a set of stitches criss-crossing the entire face of the textile.

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  • madras
    city
    and cloth
    and fashion
    and a state of mind.

    December 16, 2007

  • City, actually
    Now Chennai.

    December 16, 2007