cor·du·roy | \ˈkȯr-də-ˌrȯi \
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


a jacket made of corduroy

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To put the Mademe spin on the classic, Magee chose four different colors and elevated fabrics, such as a thick corduroy in highlighter yellow or a grass green suede, stamped with the Mademe logo on the rubber platform. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Lourdes Leon Turns the Latest Converse x Mademe Collaboration Into the New Cool Woman’s Uniform," 21 May 2018 The singer-songwriter, who was just spotted matching with Meghan Markle, made a patriotic statement in a bright and bold red corduroy jacket from Brandy Melville. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Wears Red, White and Blue for a Reunion with “Wizards of Waverly Place” Star David Henrie," 5 July 2018 Those days were fleeting, however, as the social/political/economic climate would soon take a turn for the worse, replacing hopeful optimism with bitter cynicism and ushering in the practice of pairing brown corduroys with brown shoes. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "Genesis Essentia Concept: High-Tech Coupe Dreams," 29 Mar. 2018 Sitting a few feet from them is a thin, pleasant-looking man with a gentle vibe in a light brown corduroy suit. Robert Morast, Houston Chronicle, "Wes Anderson talks 'Isle of Dogs'," 20 Mar. 2018 One of her latest versions comes in pink corduroy — one of the year’s most popular and versatile colors. Sophia Markoulakis, San Francisco Chronicle, "Five fashionable — and functional — takes on the jumpsuit," 15 Mar. 2018 Land of Distraction rayon-spandex blend striped pants, $325; oversize cotton snap hoodie, $375; and high-waist corduroy flares, $350; at Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "What to Talk About at New York Fashion Week," 7 Feb. 2018 Meanwhile, Jay-Z wore a custom corduroy tux by Musika Frère complete with a bow-tie. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Couple Style Channels Bonnie and Clyde," 28 Jan. 2018 In reality, that means creamy corduroy in the morning and some icy patches developing later in the day. John Hopewell, Washington Post, "Hit the slopes: Mid-Atlantic ski areas have plenty of snow to plow through this warm spell," 10 Jan. 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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The first known use of corduroy was circa 1791

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English Language Learners Definition of corduroy

: a strong cotton cloth with straight raised lines on it

corduroys : pants made of corduroy


cor·du·roy | \ˈkȯr-də-ˌrȯi \

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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