- a fine, tightly woven cotton cloth, usually striped or plaid, used for shirts, dresses, etc.
- a durable silk cloth, usually striped
- a figured cotton or rayon cloth in leno weave, used for draperies
- a large, bright-colored kerchief of silk or cotton
Origin of madrasafter Madras
made of madras
- Tamil Nadu
- A lightweight, often plain-woven cotton cloth, usually with a plaid, striped, or checked pattern.
- A similar lightweight patterned cloth made of silk or rayon.
- A large handkerchief of brightly colored silk or cotton, often worn as a turban.
Origin of madrasAfter Madras (Chennai), India
- a brightly colored cotton fabric with a checked or striped pattern.
- Former name of Chennai (the state capital of Tamil Nadu, India).
- (UK) A style of curry dish purported to originate from the Madras region.
- I'll have the Chicken Madras.
The etymology is uncertain; it may derive from Madraspattinam. See for several possible etymologies.