- a heavy cotton fabric with a piled, velvety surface, ribbed vertically
- [pl.] trousers made of this fabric
Origin of corduroyprobably from cord + obsolete duroy, a coarse fabric formerly produced in England: hence, corded duroy
- made of, or ribbed like, corduroy
- made of logs laid crosswise: a corduroy road
- A durable cut-pile fabric, usually made of cotton, with vertical ribs.
- corduroys Pants made of corduroy.
- A road made of logs laid down crosswise.
- Made of a fabric with vertical ribs.
- Made of logs laid down crosswise: a corduroy road.
transitive verbcor·du·royed, cor·du·roy·ing, cor·du·roys
Origin of corduroyProbably from cord obsolete duroy a coarse woolen fabric
(third-person singular simple present corduroys, present participle corduroying, simple past and past participle corduroyed)
- To make (a road) by laying down split logs or tree-trunks over a marsh, swamp etc.
Origin uncertain. Likely from cord + duroy (“name of a 17th century coarse fabric made in England”). Likely not from French corde du roi ("cloth of the king"), which is unattested in French, where the term for the "cloth of the king" was velours côtelé.