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