To-day she was wearing a corduroy dress of a gold some shades grayer than the gold of her hair.
I should never have known him, dressed in corduroy, and with a rake over his shoulder.
The commencement of the journey from the farm of disembarkation lay along what is known as corduroy boards.
His trousers were corduroy, his coat short-sleeved, with buttons in the middle of his back.
Occasional teeth-rattling stretches of "corduroy" led through a swamp.
More like a brick-layer than a bard,—and his garments are corduroy!
The solid body of our troops on the corduroy bridge were huddling together like sheep in a storm.
"Low girls," came the reply from the two in sweaters and corduroy skirts.
Later on we found some corduroy bridges that the hay-makers had put over the ditches.
Much of the way we were obliged to corduroy the roads for the trains.
1780, probably from cord + obsolete 17c. duroy, name of a coarse fabric made in England, of unknown origin. Folk etymology is from *corde du roi "the king's cord," but this is not attested in French, where the term for the cloth was velours à côtes. Applied in U.S. to a road of logs across swampy ground (1780s) on similarity of appearance.
CORDUROY ROAD. A road or causeway constructed with logs laid together over swamps or marshy places. When properly finished earth is thrown between them by which the road is made smooth; but in newly settled parts of the United States they are often left uncovered, and hence are extremely rough and bad to pass over with a carriage. Sometimes they extend many miles. They derive their name from their resemblance to a species of ribbed velvet, called corduroy. [Bartlett]