[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]

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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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strong durable fabric with a rounded cord, rib, or wale surface formed by cut pile yarn. The back of the goods has a plain or a twill weave. Corduroy is made from any of the major textile fibres and with one warp and two fillings. After it is woven, the back of the cloth is coated with glue; the floats of pile yarn are then cut in their centre. The glue prevents the filling from drawing out of the goods during the cutting. The glue is removed from the face, which is then subjected to a series of brushings, waxings, and singeings to produce a velvetlike ribbed finish.

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Example sentences
At this gathering, corduroy is king and velvet is mud.
There's a corduroy collar with under-collar snaps for an optional hood.
In a novel, he had mentioned one character's favorite corduroy jacket.
He showed up for the interview wearing khaki green corduroy pants with a
  hand-knit turquoise sweater.
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