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Definition of "madras" [ma•dras]

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "madras" in a sentence
  • "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:"