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Definitions for corduroy
ˈkɔr dəˌrɔɪ, ˌkɔr dəˈrɔɪcor·duroy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cord, corduroynoun

    a cut pile fabric with vertical ribs; usually made of cotton

  2. corduroyverb

    a road made of logs laid crosswise

  3. corduroyverb

    build (a road) from logs laid side by side


  1. corduroynoun

    A heavy fabric, usually made of cotton, with vertical ribs.

    Etymology: Origin uncertain; but not apparently from French corde du roi ("cloth of the king"), which was never used in French.

  2. corduroyverb

    To make (a road) by laying down split logs or tree-trunks over a marsh, swamp etc.

    Etymology: Origin uncertain; but not apparently from French corde du roi ("cloth of the king"), which was never used in French.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Corduroynoun

    a sort of cotton velveteen, having the surface raised in ridges

    Etymology: [Prob. for F. corde du roi king's cord.]

  2. Corduroynoun

    trousers or breeches of corduroy

    Etymology: [Prob. for F. corde du roi king's cord.]

  3. Corduroyverb

    to form of logs laid side by side

    Etymology: [Prob. for F. corde du roi king's cord.]


  1. Corduroy

    Corduroy is a textile composed of twisted fibers that, when woven, lie parallel to one another to form the cloth's distinct pattern, a "cord." Modern corduroy is most commonly composed of tufted cords, sometimes exhibiting a channel between the tufts. Corduroy is, in essence, a ridged form of velvet. The interpretation of the word as corde du roi is a folk etymology. As a fabric, corduroy is considered a durable cloth. Corduroy is found in the construction of trousers, jackets and shirts. The width of the cord is commonly referred to as the size of the "wale". The lower the "wale" number, the thicker the width of the wale. Corduroy’s wale count per inch can vary from 1.5 to 21, although the traditional standard falls somewhere between 10 and 12. Wide wale is more commonly used in trousers and furniture upholstery; medium, narrow, and fine wale fabrics are usually found in garments worn above the waist. Corduroy is made by weaving extra sets of fiber into the base fabric to form vertical ridges called wales. The wales are built so that clear lines can be seen when they are cut into pile. The primary types of corduroy are:

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Corduroy

    kor′du-roi, n. a ribbed kind of fustian, a cotton stuff made after the fashion of velvet: (pl.) trousers made of corduroy.—adj. made of corduroy. [Perh. Fr. corde du roi, king's cord.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. corduroy

    Applied to roads formed in new settlements, of trees laid roughly on sleepers transverse to the direction of the road; as suddenly for artillery.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Corduroy

    In French Cord du Roy, “King’s cord,” because ribbed or corded material was originally worn only by the Kings of France.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of corduroy in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of corduroy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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    I just sprinted but usually when I'm out walking I'm wearing running stuff, this was the one time I was like wearing corduroy flares and shoes.

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