zip·​per | \ ˈzi-pər How to pronounce zipper (audio) \

Definition of zipper

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: a fastener consisting of two rows of metal or plastic teeth on strips of tape and a sliding piece that closes an opening by drawing the teeth together


zippered; zippering; zippers

Definition of zipper (Entry 2 of 2)

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Examples of zipper in a Sentence


The zipper was stuck and we couldn't open the suitcase. Can you help him with his zipper?

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Zippered outer pockets and internal windproof flap behind zipper means no unwanted cold air. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Rain Jackets for Keeping Dry," 8 Mar. 2019 Overall, Ariel's dress was classic with spaghetti straps and a mid-length hemline, but on the back, the zipper was visible running all the way from her shoulder blades to the bottom of the dress. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Ariel Winter Wears a White Dress to the Girl Hero Awards in Los Angeles," 15 Oct. 2018 Wearers can drink the water while riding or sitting on a chair lift, thanks to a high flow-rate tube and valve system that snakes up next to the zipper to the jacket’s collar for access. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "The Winter Jacket That’s Also a Water Bottle," 1 Oct. 2018 The pockets are roomy, the bag is lightweight and comfortable, the zippers are logically arranged and sturdy, and the design works with jeans and a t-shirt or a button down and a blazer. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "The Pro Executive Laptop Backpack is a backpack for adults," 19 Aug. 2018 Available in matte black and gray, or champagne pink and black, the backpacks feature a 15-inch padded laptop sleeve, padded back, and front zipper pocket for your wallet, keys, and other incidentals. Necee Regis,, "Here, there, and everywhere," 10 July 2018 The outerwear comes in seven different colors and has a high neck collar design and a hidden zipper. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Everything on Amazon's J.Crew Mercantile Line Is 50 Percent Off," 7 Dec. 2018 The brand offers one-of-a-kind pieces like a zipper cuff, a coiled bracelet, and a Queen Elizabeth coin necklace. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Jamie Foxx Got Katie Holmes Hooked on This Unisex Jewelry Brand," 21 Nov. 2018 Other models have zippers that run from ankle to thigh. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Coveralls and How to Buy Them," 19 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The best known of these is Spring 1999, which featured transmutable outfits, including a nuptial number with a zippered crinoline. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Vogue Runway Did a Ten-Year Fashion Challenge: Check Out the Results Here," 30 Jan. 2019 The pockets come in every imaginable shape and configuration: rectangular, square, snapped, zippered, small and tubular, big and roomy. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "The Jurek North Roll Is Built By and For Runners," 4 Apr. 2018 The front zippered pocket coupled with side and back pockets hit the sweet spot between too many and too few. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "The Best Shorts for Men," 1 June 2018 The Neoprene Laptop Sleeve accessory is dominated by a large main pocket that’s zippered at the top, which can easily hold a 15-inch laptop. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "‘The world’s most versatile waterproof backpack’ review," 20 Nov. 2018 Available in cotton/poly or microfleece, the relaxed-fit zippered hooded sweatshirt looks so unassuming. Judi Dash,, "Gadget Guru: SCOTTeVEST Technology-Enabled Zippered Hoodie," 18 Apr. 2018 The lightweight, mesh bag has a fold-over lid that clips shut, two shoulder straps for easy carrying, a small internal pocket for car keys and small items, and a separate zippered section in the bottom. Kari Bodnarchuk,, "Here, there, and everywhere," 6 June 2018 On the outside, zippered pockets top the two big hand-warmer pockets. Judi Dash,, "Gadget Guru: SCOTTeVEST Technology-Enabled Zippered Hoodie," 18 Apr. 2018 The kits include a tourniquet, hemostatic gauze, pressure dressing and airway and chest seal materials in a lightweight 6-inch by 4-inch zippered bag. Karina Bland, azcentral, "New statue to honor Granite Mountain Hotshots 5 years after Yarnell Hill Fire," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of zipper


1926, in the meaning defined above


1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zipper


from Zipper, a trademark

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English Language Learners Definition of zipper

US : a device that is made of two rows of metal or plastic teeth and another piece that slides over the teeth to make them fit together or come apart and that is used to fasten clothing, open or close bags, etc.


zip·​per | \ ˈzi-pər How to pronounce zipper (audio) \

Kids Definition of zipper

: a fastener (as for a jacket) consisting of two rows of metal or plastic teeth and a sliding piece that closes an opening by bringing the teeth together

Other Words from zipper

zippered \ -​pərd \ adjective zippered pockets

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