American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- n. a brightly colored cotton fabric with a checked or striped pattern.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- 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
- From Madras. (Wiktionary)
- After Madras (Chennai), India. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Patchwork madras is basically a variety of madras cut up into strips then sewn back together to form a patchwork of these different combinations, which somehow turn out to be a very attractive mix of colors and patterns.”
“The boys never attended a "madras" (sic) or Islamic school as Emir claims, because the Islamic Center at 1425 E.”
“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:”
“He is a man of about 75, nursing a martini and looking enormously pleased to be wearing a madras jacket with a striped tie.”
“Now you're ready to saunter into a trendy restaurant in an open-collar shirt, madras blazer and knee-length pants.”
“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.”
“In fact, as I write this very article, I am nibbling a bowl of Chex Mix... or is it a bowl of madras?”
“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.”
“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.”
“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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