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


a jacket made of corduroy

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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 That same fashion week, Miuccia Prada showed corduroy too. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "The Perfect Fall Jacket is $655—so I found 11 Under $150 Instead," 26 Oct. 2018 Texture can add a sense of cozy comfort to a space, so transitional design incorporates textiles like corduroy, cotton, chenille, and suede. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "What Is "Transitional Design" And How Can You Spot It?," 15 Nov. 2018 Stick to some of the classic high-school pieces (a corduroy A-line mini skirt, high-top sneakers) and pepper in some more obvious references to the movie: an envelope representing the letters, a scrunchie... Ana Colón, Glamour, "7 Easy Halloween Costumes That Are Very 2018," 4 Oct. 2018 And how one living room sofa is covered in corduroy and the other in a ribbed stripe. Lisa Cregan, House Beautiful, "Nathan Turner and Eric Stonestreet on Creating a Casual California Home," 21 Oct. 2014 More-textured fabrics such as cashmere or corduroy can create a more nuanced effect. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Why Men Fear Wearing Color. And the Secret to Pulling It Off.," 11 Oct. 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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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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