Definition of corduroy in English:



  • 1[mass noun] A thick cotton fabric with velvety ribs.

    • ‘For a less feminine look, simply select suede, leather, corduroy, denim or another masculine feeling fabric in a darker color.’
    • ‘Any fabric works for this delightful treat: denim, corduroy, cotton, or if you are feeling slightly daring, some PVC or leather.’
    • ‘The chalk type works best on flat surfaces while the wax version performs better on textured fabrics such as bouclé or corduroy.’
    • ‘Silk is also available in other weaves such as velvet and corduroy.’
    • ‘Capture both elements with this cotton corduroy cap from Hugo Boss - a perfect alternative to the conventional winter tuque.’
    • ‘But, again, if you have chosen a cotton flannel as lining or cotton corduroy, then wash and dry that fabric as well.’
    • ‘My own cats are partial to upholstery velvet and corduroy.’
    • ‘Considered a derivative of denim, corduroy is an extremely popular fabric for fall 2001, in pants and jackets.’
    • ‘Biyan still used paper/crispy cotton for fabrics, along with knits, chiffon, recycled denim, corduroy, twill and linen.’
    • ‘If stripes aren't your style, experiment with other casual fabrics, such as cotton duck, denim, and corduroy.’
    • ‘The plush fabrics used throughout the room, such as corduroy and velvet, perform a similar function.’
    • ‘Scraps of cloth were saved up for quilting - any sort of cotton, corduroy, knit or synthetic fabric was free.’
    • ‘This wardrobe is much more casual, with pants and shirts being the mainstay, plus a great casual coat in one of my all-time favourite fabrics, corduroy.’
    • ‘With the abundance of fashionable fall jackets out there, from suede, to denim and corduroy, you'll have no option but to look hot.’
    • ‘A college boy inspired range of casual leisurewear which mixes denim, chino and corduroy with splashes of colour, such as orange, red and green.’
    • ‘Fabric runs the gamut from corduroy and wool to satin and lace.’
    • ‘Throw in some chiffon, washed corduroy and aged denim and get ready to join the grown up country set.’
    • ‘The mound of dirty clothing just keeps piling up until your hamper is overflowing and a sea of denim, cotton and corduroy forms a carpet on the floor of your bedroom.’
    • ‘Unionbay showed plenty of twill, corduroy and nylon pants.’
    • ‘Whether it's cotton, corduroy (thin or thick ridges) or velour, a blazer will help you blaze any trail with the utmost of style.’
    1. 1.1Trousers made of corduroy.
      • ‘At the Syracuse of my freshman year in 1967, everyone wore crewneck sweaters and corduroys to the football games at Archbold Stadium.’
      • ‘I shivered in my green, long sleeved shirt and black corduroys, staring up at the streetlights around the student parking lot, crushing my books against my chest.’
      • ‘There she picked out her light blue corduroys and a black blouse to match.’
      • ‘Prices of corduroys, tuxedos and T-shirts had also doubled or tripled.’
      • ‘Beginning at the hem, cut the jeans or corduroys open along the inseam or the side seam.’
      • ‘Comfortable and stylish, you can wear this turtleneck with a stylish pair of beige or light brown corduroys, designer denims, or a dressy pair of flat-front slacks for a more formal occasion.’
      • ‘Make sure to select a shirt that matches at least several jeans, corduroys or Dockers of yours.’
      • ‘Madison joined us in the kitchen by the time I had the package open, dressed in my new corduroys and her black tank top.’
      • ‘Designs for boys shift very little season to season, save for adding the choice of cargo pants to wide-wale corduroys and classic blue jeans.’
      • ‘I noticed he was wearing a white collared shirt and corduroys.’
      • ‘He was always well dressed wearing handsome sweater vests with long sleeve shirts and matching corduroys.’
      • ‘While corduroys are gaining popularity this season, you'd better get yourself a pair of dark blue jeans in time for fall.’
      • ‘Opt for a clean-lined neutral color that can be worn with jeans, dressy pants, khakis, and corduroys.’
      • ‘Finish off the look with a pair of gray, black or dark-blue designer jeans or beige/light brown corduroys, and a pair of rugged dark brown biker-inspired boots.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Dressed in a beige cardigan sweater, corduroys and rimless glasses, he exudes a polite, professorial air.’
      • ‘Whether you enjoy wearing a tailored suit, old jeans, khakis, or corduroys, we have the perfect shoes for you to step out in.’
      • ‘Take note that these basic cuts apply to a wide range of pants, such as jeans, corduroys, chinos, dress pants, and khakis.’
      • ‘Arthur was wearing corduroys and a long-sleeved tee shirt; he pulled on a warm wool sweater Marilyn had given him for his birthday a few weeks ago, and then his parka.’


  • 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.