[ kawr-duh-roi, kawr-duh-roi ]
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  1. a cotton-filling pile fabric with lengthwise cords or ridges.

  2. corduroys, trousers made of this fabric.

  1. of, relating to, or resembling corduroy.

  2. constructed of logs laid together transversely, as a road across swampy ground.

verb (used with object)
  1. to form (a road or the like) by laying logs transversely.

  2. 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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British Dictionary definitions for corduroy


/ (ˈkɔːdəˌrɔɪ, ˌkɔːdəˈrɔɪ) /

  1. : See also corduroys

    • a heavy cotton pile fabric with lengthways ribs

    • (as modifier): a corduroy coat

Origin of corduroy

C18: perhaps from the proper name Corderoy

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