from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A durable cut-pile fabric, usually made of cotton, with vertical ribs.
- n. Trousers made of corduroy.
- n. A road made of logs laid down crosswise.
- adj. Made of a fabric with vertical ribs.
- adj. Made of logs laid down crosswise: a corduroy road.
- transitive v. To build (a road) of logs laid down crosswise.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A heavy fabric, usually made of cotton, with vertical ribs.
- v. To make (a road) by laying down split logs or tree-trunks over a marsh, swamp etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sort of cotton velveteen, having the surface raised in ridges.
- n. Trousers or breeches of corduroy.
- transitive v. To form of logs laid side by side.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A thick cotton stuff corded or ribbed on the surface.
- n. A corduroy road. See II., 1.
- Like corduroy; ribbed like corduroy: as, a corduroy road.
- Made of corduroy.
- To make or construct by means of small logs laid transversely, as a road.
- In splitting a hide, to make uneven lines or spots on the flesh side of it.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a road made of logs laid crosswise
- v. build (a road) from logs laid side by side
- n. a cut pile fabric with vertical ribs; usually made of cotton
Probably from cord + obsolete duroy, a coarse woolen fabric.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain; but not apparently from French corde du roi ("cloth of the king"), which was never used in French. (Wiktionary)