neo·​prene ˈnē-ə-ˌprēn How to pronounce neoprene (audio)
: 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 brand uses a lot of neoprene, which isn't environmentally friendly. Medea Giordano, WIRED, 29 June 2024 This strap is made of soft neoprene, has a wide cut and features supremely cushioning air cell padding. Nora Colomer, Fox News, 21 June 2024 Paige and Adam use a neoprene diaper backpack in a sandy color called Dune. Marni Jameson, Orlando Sentinel, 14 June 2024 But through Billabong’s partnership with Bolder Industries, old neoprene is processed, extracting a type of recycled carbon black known as Bolder Black. Alexandra Harrell, Sourcing Journal, 3 Sep. 2019 See all Example Sentences for neoprene 

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Word History


neo- + -prene (in chloroprene, isoprene)

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of neoprene was in 1937

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“Neoprene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


neo·​prene ˈnē-ə-ˌprēn How to pronounce neoprene (audio)
: a synthetic rubber used in numerous products (as wet suits, mouse pads, and flexible pipes)

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