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ˈmæd rəs, məˈdræs, -ˈdrɑsMadras

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Tamil Nadu, Madras(noun)

    a state in southeastern India on the Bay of Bengal (south of Andhra Pradesh); formerly Madras

  2. Chennai, Madras(noun)

    a city in Tamil Nadu on the Bay of Bengal; formerly Madras

  3. madras(noun)

    a light patterned cotton cloth


  1. Madras(Noun)

    A style of curry dish purported to originate from the Madras region.

    I'll have the Chicken Madras.

  2. Madras(ProperNoun)

    Former name of Chennai, the state capital of Tamil Nadu, India.

  3. madras(Noun)

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

    I'll have the Chicken Madras.

  4. Origin: The etymology is uncertain; older forms are Madraspatan, Madraspatanam, and Madraspattinam, the final element being from पत्तन. It is possible that Madras is from مدرسة, from درس.


  1. Madras

    Madras is a city in Jefferson County, Oregon, United States. Originally called "The Basin" after the circular valley the city is located in, it is unclear as to whether Madras was named in 1903 for the cotton fabric called "Madras" that originated in the Madras area in India, or from the city of Chennai, then known as "Madras". The population was 6,046 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Jefferson County.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Madras

    ma-dras′, n. a large handkerchief of silk and cotton, usually in bright colours, worn on the head by West Indian negroes.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Madras

    one of the three Indian Presidencies, occupies the S. and E. of the peninsula, and is one-half as large again as Great Britain; the chief mountains are the Ghâts, from which flow SE. the Godavari, Kistna, and Kavari Rivers, which, by means of extensive irrigation works, fertilise the plains; climate is various; on the W. coast very hot and with a rainfall from June to October of 120 inches, producing luxurious vegetation; on the E. the heat is also great, but the rainfall, which comes chiefly between October and December, is only 40 inches; in the hill country, e. g. Ootacamund, the government summer quarters, it is genial and temperate all the year, and but for the monsoons the finest in the world; rice is everywhere the chief crop; cotton is grown in the E., tobacco in the Godavari region, tea, coffee, and cinchona on the hills, and sugar-cane in different districts; gold is found in Mysore (native State), and diamonds in the Karnul; iron abounds, but without coal; the teak forests are of great value; cotton, gunny-bags, sugar, and tiles are the chief manufactures; English settlements date from 1611; the population, chiefly Hindu, includes 2 million Mohammedans and ¾ million Christians; the chief towns are Rujumahendri (28), Vizugapatam (34), Trichinopoli (91), of cheroot fame, and Mangalore (41), on the W. coast, and the capital Madras (453), on the E., Coromandel, coast, a straggling city, hot but healthy, with an open roadstead, pier, and harbour exposed to cyclones, a university, examining body only, colleges of science, medicine, art, and agriculture, and a large museum; the chief exports are coffee, tea, cotton, and indigo.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Madras

    From the Arabic Madrasa, “university.” Originally Madrasa Pattan, the name expressed “University town.” Pattan is Sanscrit for town.

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  1. dramas, masdar

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Madras in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Madras in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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