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 Last year both test teams loved the 108 on soft corduroy and powder. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, 9 Jan. 2022 Leto goes full mortadella, bulked up and stuffed into a pink corduroy suit, billowing tobacco smoke and throwing himself into paroxysms of agita. New York Times, 23 Nov. 2021 Like a virtual trip to Soho Farmhouse, Middleton’s page is awash in golden light, golden retrievers, and wide-wale corduroy. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, 16 Apr. 2021 The Riverdale star, 29, posed for an adorable Instagram snap with her 10-month-old baby boy, who was bundled up in a stylish corduroy outfit paired with a baseball cap. Tristan Balagtas,, 12 Dec. 2021 Massimo Alba cotton-corduroy jacket, $895, and trousers, $475; Sunspel wool turtleneck, $355; G. Inglese denim shirt, $285; Prada eyeglasses, $288; Bruno Magli leather sneakers, $250; Il Bisonte leather-and-suede tote bag, $895. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, 4 Dec. 2021 Its most prolific source is Jared Leto, who’s been encased in latex to play Paolo Gucci, the corduroy-loving lesser scion who tries to launch his own Gucci fashion line. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 24 Nov. 2021 After a moment, VanAcker flipped the corduroy over and leaned close to inspect it. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2021 Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 in 18-karat white gold, $36,800; Sid Mashburn cotton-corduroy jacket, $295; Rhude cotton-and-cashmere sweater, $1,290; Tod’s wool trousers, $845. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 13 Nov. 2021 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, 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.


derivative of corduroy entry 1

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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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