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Scripts சென்னை(Tamil) চেন্নাই(Bengali) ચેન્નઈ(Gujarati) चेन्नई(Hindi, Marathi, Nepali) ಚೆನ್ನೈ(Kannada) ചെന്നൈ(Malayalam) చెన్నై(Telugu) チェンナイ(Japanese Katakana) 첸나이(Korean Hangul) Ченнаи(Kyrgyz, Russian, Tajik) Ченнай(Mongolian Cyrillic) เจนไน(Thai)
Pronounced Pron. CHEHN-nie(Tamil) CHEHN-nə-ee(Hindi) CHEH-nie(English) SHEH-NEH(French) chi-NIE(Russian) chehn-NIE(Spanish, Thai) [key·IPA]
Other Forms FormsChennay (Mongolian)
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Meaning & History
Most likely from the name of 17th-century Telugu monarch Damarla Chennapa Nayaka (or Chennappa Naicker). This is the name of the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, which was officially called Madras until 1996.