Definition of corduroy in English:


Line breaks: cor|du¦roy
Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːdərɔɪ
, -djʊ-/


[mass noun]
  • 1A thick cotton fabric with velvety ribs.
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    • Whether it's cotton, corduroy (thin or thick ridges) or velour, a blazer will help you blaze any trail with the utmost of style.
    • Any fabric works for this delightful treat: denim, corduroy, cotton, or if you are feeling slightly daring, some PVC or leather.
    • Scraps of cloth were saved up for quilting - any sort of cotton, corduroy, knit or synthetic fabric was free.
  • 1.1 (corduroys) Trousers made of corduroy.
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    • A wool or cotton crewneck or V-neck sweater, with your favorite jeans, corduroys or fitted five-pocket pants.
    • Unless you're going to work, do not wear a button-down shirt tucked into your corduroys.
    • Make sure to select a shirt that matches at least several jeans, corduroys or Dockers of yours.


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  • Make (a road) out of tree trunks: where routes crossed or followed a creek, men would corduroy the road


late 18th century: probably from cord 'ribbed fabric' + duroy, denoting a kind of lightweight worsted formerly made in the West of England, of unknown origin.

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