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

Definition of zipper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of zipper in a Sentence

Noun The zipper was stuck and we couldn't open the suitcase. Can you help him with his zipper?
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To keep everything together, Jin wraps it in synthetic leather, which is waterproof and easy to clean, along with a big zipper that won’t get caught in the blanket. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "These thoughtfully designed travel items can take the headache out of jet-setting," 17 Oct. 2020 And while a classic biker jacket might come to mind, there are so many other ways to incorporate the effortlessly cool vibe into your outfits this season, without so much as a moto zipper in sight. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "4 Sleek Ways to Wear Leather This Fall," 13 Oct. 2020 The fringe zipper detail adds a trendy touch, and there’s room inside to carry your phone, wallet, glasses and other small accessories. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, "Take up to 75% off at Kate Spade’s Surprise Sale," 30 Sep. 2020 Best for kids 2 and up, this couch is made from comfortable foam and comes with a safety zipper to prevent any pinching accidents. Popular Science, "Comfortable sofa beds for a peaceful night’s sleep," 11 Sep. 2020 Rather, the slip between rocks begins at one spot on the face of the fault—the hypocenter—and travels along it, like a zipper being unzipped. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Curved rock etchings reveal which way dangerous faults ruptured—and how they might again," 23 Sep. 2020 Unlike traditional slip-on Ugg boots, this pair features a side zipper and a buckle bridge strap. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, "Tons of Ugg styles are on sale at Nordstrom Rack," 23 Sep. 2020 Transfer gnocchi to a zipper-lock freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 months. Rebecca White, Dallas News, "9 tips for making the perfect ricotta gnocchi at home," 15 Sep. 2020 Irina Shayk stepped out in New York on Friday wearing a cobalt blue Chrome Hearts mini dress with a zipper down the front. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Irina Shayk Steps Out in a Cobalt Blue Mini Dress with a Zipper Down the Front," 5 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These pants are great for running and biking and have zippered leg openings for sliding over boots. Anna Callaghan, Outside Online, "10 Things to Keep You Moving Outside This Winter," 7 Feb. 2020 Complete with a large main compartment, zippered side pockets, an internal mesh pocket, and two padded removable shoulder straps, this duffel bag is ideal for camping, weekend getaways, or lengthy business trips. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "REI is having a massive sale on Patagonia and The North Face clothing and gear," 27 Mar. 2020 There are three interior pockets (one slip, two zippered) that are ideal for tucking your wallet, keys, or phone away, and the zip closure ensures safe-keeping. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "You can get deep savings on designer Dooney & Bourke bags right now," 9 Apr. 2020 Read 7 Uses For Lavender The Oregon Rain Soap company of Sherwood uses fresh rainwater that’s been purified and triple filtered in its products, which include soaps, lotions and bath salts ($14.95 for six 3.2 oz. salt tubes in a clear zippered bag). oregonlive, "Lotions to heal, soothe overly washed hands," 18 Mar. 2020 The seams are completely sealed, the pockets are zippered, and there's a drawstring at the bottom so you and your stuff will be protected no matter how bad the downpour. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "7 Packable Jackets That Won't Take Up Your Entire Suitcase," 22 Jan. 2020 At the end of the session, each child received a blue zippered bag containing two doses of Narcan to take home. Dan Levin,, "‘Open, insert, squirt.’ In this town, children are taught to administer Narcan," 23 Feb. 2020 The upper half is a 13-liter roll-top dry bag, and the bottom is a leakproof, zippered cooler, large enough to carry several cold beverages and snacks. Ben Romans, Outdoor Life, "The 2019 Camping Gear Gift Guide," 26 Nov. 2019 The girl was wearing black leggings, a Harley-Davidson T-shirt, and a black hooded zippered jacket, her mother said. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Girl, 12, goes missing from Detroit's west side," 22 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'zipper.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about zipper

Time Traveler for zipper

Time Traveler

The first known use of zipper was in 1926

See more words from the same year

Statistics for zipper

Last Updated

22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Zipper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for zipper


How to pronounce zipper (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on zipper

Nglish: Translation of zipper for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of zipper for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about zipper

Comments on zipper

What made you want to look up zipper? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!