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 As fall and winter settle in, there’s one element of this trend that feels particularly appropriate: corduroy. Georgina Kim, Glamour, "How to Wear Corduroy This Fall and Winter," 9 Nov. 2019 The mini Joe Joe bag, available in playful textures including shiny patent red, lime-green corduroy, and glam black croc, became an instant favorite amongst the fashion set. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Rising It Bag Brand Is Doing Sustainability Right," 18 Oct. 2019 From Draya sporting a kaki corduroy dress and white knee-length boots to Alicia Keys rocking our favorite fall trend, a large fedora, our fall inspo came right on time. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Alicia Keys, RHOA, And More Celebs' In Their Best Weekend Get-Ups," 30 Sep. 2019 Green polka-dot dresses, corduroy striped jackets, and linen pants were at the helm of the lively presentation. Nandi Howard, Essence, "NYFW: Studio One Eighty-Nine's Spring/Summer 2020 Collection Was An Ode To Africa," 11 Sep. 2019 But this isn’t corduroy-wearing, head-nodding, polite jazz. National Geographic, "Hear the 10 essential sounds of America," 23 Aug. 2019 The vibe is a house in the San Fernando Valley where everyone is welcome: corduroy, primary colors, grunge, and skater influences. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "Justin and Hailey Bieber Open Up About Their Passionate, Not-Always-Easy but Absolutely All-In Romance," 7 Feb. 2019 The shoe gets no fewer than seven shades of corduroy, a multicolored sole, and the kind of two-model hybrid construction usually reserved for unremarkable basketball shoes. Sam Schube, GQ, "The Nike Air Max 1/97 Is Back—Provided You Already Tried to Buy It," 2 May 2018 Matching high-waisted corduroys created an elongating effect and provided additional texture, while cherry hued Dr. Martens boots grounded the look and continued the military vibe. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Rejects the Beige Trend for a New Fall Neutral," 7 Nov. 2018 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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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