[ kawrdz ]
/ kɔrdz /


(used with a plural verb) clothing, especially trousers, of corded fabric; corduroys.

Origin of cords

First recorded in 1770–80; plural of cord

Definition for cords (2 of 2)


[ kawrd ]
/ kɔrd /


verb (used with object)

Origin of cord

1250–1300; Middle English coord(e) < Anglo-French, Old French corde < Latin chorda < Greek chordḗ gut; confused in part of its history with chord1

Related forms

cord·er, nouncord·like, adjective

Can be confused

chord cord cored. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cords

British Dictionary definitions for cords (1 of 2)


/ (kɔːdz) /

pl n

trousers, esp jeans, made of corduroy

British Dictionary definitions for cords (2 of 2)


/ (kɔːd) /


verb (tr)

to bind or furnish with a cord or cords
to stack (wood) in cords

Derived Forms

corder, nouncordlike, adjective

Word Origin for cord

C13: from Old French corde, from Latin chorda cord, from Greek khordē; see chord 1
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Medicine definitions for cords



A long ropelike bodily structure, such as a nerve or tendon.
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