cor·​du·​roy | \ ˈkȯr-də-ˌrȯi How to pronounce corduroy (audio) \
plural corduroys

Definition of corduroy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a corduroys plural : trousers of corduroy fabric
b : a durable usually cotton pile fabric with vertical ribs or wales
2 : logs laid side by side transversely to make a road surface


corduroyed; corduroying

Definition of corduroy (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to build (a road) of logs laid side by side transversely also : to build a corduroy road across

Examples of corduroy in a Sentence

Noun a jacket made of corduroy
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My summer one is a blue denim top from Talbots, and the winter one is a purple corduroy shirt from Lands’ End. Caitlin Brody, Glamour, "This Is Ina Garten’s Secret to Perfect Sweet Potatoes," 23 Nov. 2020 Her wide-legged corduroy pants and matching button-down, designed by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, were discreet, elegant, and the furthest thing from the ostentatious wardrobes currently favorited by reality stars past and present. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Week, The Best Dressed Stars Chose Fashion with Personality," 23 Nov. 2020 In the snap, Victoria wears blue jeans and an orange and blue roll-neck sweater, while David wears a white shirt, gray blazer, brown corduroy jeans—and some extremely large, somewhat discordant brown leather boots. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Victoria Beckham Trolled David Beckham Over His Questionable Footwear Choice," 9 Nov. 2020 Peak shines in a silver bodycon mini dress and heels while Brown wears a beige corduroy jacket over a turtleneck, dark jeans, and sneakers. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Here's Your Very First Look at the Gossip Girl Reboot," 6 Nov. 2020 For the occasion, Ellis Ross paired an electric blue corduroy suit — sleeves and pant hems casually rolled up — with a bright yellow face mask and matching chunky sneakers courtesy of Pyer Moss. Eliza Huber,, "Tracee Ellis Ross Will Convince You To Wear A Corduroy Suit With Chunky Trainers," 21 Oct. 2020 Meanwhile, the 30-year-old rapper, whose birth name is Colson Baker, dressed in dark pants and red corduroy jacket, left open to reveal a black undershirt. Georgia Slater,, "Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly Hold Hands During Date Night in Malibu," 27 June 2020 The pop star just dropped his first official streetwear collection, called Drew House, composed of tan-color corduroy hoodies, shorts, and button-downs (with the occasional brightly colored T-shirt thrown in for good measure). Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Justin Bieber’s New Streetwear Collection Serves 50 Shades of Beige," 30 Jan. 2019 In turn, the groomers then turn the surface into corduroy for that day’s skiing and boarding. Tom Stienstra,, "Tahoe snow report: Runs open, but fresh snow scant," 19 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The trick is finding the right color: lean in to corduroy's '70s feeling with rich cognac, or play the part of the refined Italian guy with a dusty green. Megan Gustashaw, GQ, "The Corduroy Suit Is for Vintage Hunters, Italian Dandies, and Everyone in Between," 9 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of corduroy


circa 1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for corduroy


of obscure origin

Note: In the 18th century a name for a kind of coarse, thick-ribbed cotton fabric. It has been hypothesized that the word is a compound of cord as the name for a fabric and duroy, a coarse woolen fabric, but cord in this sense does not appear to be earlier than corduroy. Advertisements in the 1774 numbers of the Boston Gazette and Country Journal have cord, corduroy, duroy, as well as cordesoy and cordusoy (perhaps by association with padusoy, variant of paduasoy) in lists of fabrics for sale. The notion that corduroy is from French corde du roi, "king's cord," is fanciful.


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“Corduroy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of corduroy

: a strong cotton cloth with straight raised lines on it
: pants made of corduroy


cor·​du·​roy | \ ˈkȯr-də-ˌrȯi How to pronounce corduroy (audio) \

Kids Definition of corduroy

1 : a heavy ribbed usually cotton cloth
2 corduroys plural : trousers made of a heavy ribbed cloth

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