corduroy

[kawr-duh-roi, kawr-duh-roi]
noun
1.
a cotton-filling pile fabric with lengthwise cords or ridges.
2.
corduroys, trousers made of this fabric.
adjective
3.
of, pertaining to, or resembling corduroy.
4.
constructed of logs laid together transversely, as a road across swampy ground.
verb (used with object)
5.
to form (a road or the like) by laying logs transversely.
6.
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 French cord du roy the king's cords, though the fabric had no connection with France

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corduroy (ˈkɔːdəˌrɔɪ, ˌkɔːdəˈrɔɪ)
 
n
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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corduroy
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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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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