corduroy

[ kawr-duh-roi, kawr-duh-roi ]
/ ˈkɔr dəˌrɔɪ, ˌkɔr dəˈrɔɪ /

noun

a cotton-filling pile fabric with lengthwise cords or ridges.
corduroys, trousers made of this fabric.

adjective

of, relating to, or resembling corduroy.
constructed of logs laid together transversely, as a road across swampy ground.

verb (used with object)

to form (a road or the like) by laying logs transversely.
to make a corduroy road across or along.

Origin of corduroy

1780–90; perhaps cord (cf. cords) + duroy, deroy (now obsolete) a woolen fabric originating in W England; later taken as French cord du roy the king's cords, though the fabric had no connection with France
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corduroy

/ (ˈkɔːdəˌrɔɪ, ˌkɔːdəˈrɔɪ) /

noun

  1. a heavy cotton pile fabric with lengthways ribs
  2. (as modifier)a corduroy coat
See also corduroys

Word Origin for corduroy

C18: perhaps from the proper name Corderoy
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