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?

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Tonlé also partners with local organizations to hand-carve reclaimed scraps of wood into buttons, zippers, belts, and buckles, and work with a weaving group, Weaves of Cambodia, to create zero-waste textiles from small scraps of recycled fabrics. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "5 Women-Owned Companies Revolutionizing the Zero-Waste Movement," 24 Apr. 2019 Her team said the doll would be too expensive to make and sell—Handler wanted zippers, darts, real hems, polish, and lipstick. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "There’s Something About Barbie," 7 Mar. 2019 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

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Companies can pay to rent the 24x16x2-inch zippered pouches instead of using single-use plastic mailers to ship product to customers. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "LimeLoop Makes Packaging Reusable," 3 July 2018 Instead, there’s a zippered dividing panel that can be used to separate the bag into two sections — or stowed away to give you a big empty bag. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Peak Design’s new $300 Travel Backpack is designed to be the ultimate carry-on bag," 23 July 2018 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

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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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