[kawr-duh-roi, kawr-duh-roi]
a cotton-filling pile fabric with lengthwise cords or ridges.
corduroys, trousers made of this fabric.
of, pertaining 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.

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 Unabridged
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corduroy (ˈkɔːdəˌrɔɪ, ˌkɔːdəˈrɔɪ)
See also corduroys
 a.  a heavy cotton pile fabric with lengthways ribs
 b.  (as modifier): a corduroy coat
[C18: perhaps from the proper name Corderoy]

corduroys (ˌkɔːdəˈrɔɪz, ˈkɔːdəˌrɔɪz)
pl n
trousers or breeches of corduroy

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Word Origin & History

1780, Amer.Eng., probably from cord + obs. 17c. duroy, a coarse fabric made in England. Folk etymology is from *corde du roi "the king's cord," but this is not attested in Fr., where the term for the cloth was velours à côtes. Applied in U.S. to a road of logs across swampy ground (1822).
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Example sentences
Turn corduroys inside out to avoid wearing down the pile and to reduce lint.
Corduroys, fur trimmed cloths a really great variety.
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