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 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 Hall, donning a dapper blue corduroy suit, told that his country home in the Cotswolds is chock full of fabulous antique oddities. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Stylish Aesthetes Came Out to the Winter Show’s Young Collectors Night," 31 Jan. 2020 The snow had settled and firmed, skies were blue and cold, and groomed runs provided a fresh corduroy surface for colossal crowds for the three-day weekend. Tom Stienstra,, "Avalanche danger rated ‘considerable’ in Tahoe back country," 19 Jan. 2020 Probably one of the best things about corduroy is its resilience. Morgan Mcmullen, Marie Claire, "The Item I Wear to Death: My Ralph Lauren Corduroy Blazer," 8 Jan. 2020 Snow cats then spread out the piles of snow to refresh the surfaces of runs, and then groom it into a corduroy-like surface for skiers and boarders. Tom Stienstra,, "Tahoe ski update: Open lifts, deep powder, more coming," 18 Dec. 2019 King's thick-striped sweater and deep red corduroys are ideal for a sunny Saturday spent shopping. Georgina Kim, Glamour, "The New Rules for Weekend Dressing, According to Celebrities," 26 Nov. 2019 The sample tray included pink corduroy; brown leather; blue, tan and teal velvet; white and black marble. Elizabeth Weil, New York Times, "Did Venus Williams Ever Get Her Due?," 22 Aug. 2019 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 7 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of corduroy

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


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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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