neo·​prene | \ ˈnē-ə-ˌprēn How to pronounce neoprene (audio) \

Definition of neoprene

: a synthetic rubber made by the polymerization of chloroprene, characterized by superior resistance (as to oils), and used especially for special-purpose clothing (such as gloves and wet suits)

Examples of neoprene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The winner was the DuPont Company, which invented neoprene in 1930. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, 7 Jan. 2022 Or a two-piece in a less formal fabric, like neoprene or leather, paired with a casual shoe, like a sneaker or a flat boot, for a Saturday brunch with friends. Frances Solá-santiago,, 11 Nov. 2021 So the whole stairwell, all the walls and all the steps had half-inch neoprene put all over them so that way the actors or stunt guys could bash into everything and be safe. Samantha Highfill,, 22 Sep. 2021 Sporty details like zig-zag nylon laces and technical neoprene came from a blend of sustainable materials including up-cycled and regenerated leather. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Oct. 2021 With the signs gone, Leddy suited up in neoprene armor and was the first to hike down the bluff trail onto the long beach and into the water. Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Oct. 2021 Larissa Muehleder used neoprene to create a collection of signature pieces. Essence, 27 Sep. 2021 Downie has also lost a lot of work, but he can still be found sheathed in thick neoprene and on the hunt. Sierra Garcia, Wired, 18 Sep. 2021 The best weekender bags (also called weekend bags) are made of water-resistant materials like neoprene, canvas, or twill, and are just roomy enough to hold a few days' worth of clothing. Malia Griggs, SELF, 27 July 2021

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First Known Use of neoprene

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neoprene

neo- + -prene (in chloroprene, isoprene)

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“Neoprene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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