Definition of cord noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kɔːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɔːrd//
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] strong thick string or thin rope; a piece of this a piece/length of cord picture cord (= used for hanging pictures) a silk bag tied with a gold cord
  2. 2(especially North American English) (British English also flex) [countable, uncountable] a piece of wire that is covered with plastic, used for carrying electricity to a piece of equipment an electrical cord telephone cord see also cordless
  3. 3 [uncountable] = corduroy a cord jacket
  4. 4 cords (old-fashioned corduroys) [plural] trousers/pants made of corduroy a pair of cords
  5. see also spinal cord, umbilical cord, vocal cords
    Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French corde, from Latin chorda, from Greek khordē ‘gut, string of a musical instrument’.Extra examples Cutters are useful for cutting electric cord to the right length. He knotted the cord of his dressing gown. You need a piece of thick cord about two feet long. a cord connecting two PCs I followed the telephone cord and found the wall socket. picture cord
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cord