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

Also, look for high-quality materials and leathers, heavy hardware, clasps and zippers. Doreen Christensen,, "Thrift shopping secrets: Scoop up Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Gucci for a few bucks | Doreen’s Deals," 8 Sep. 2019 In 1946, about 66 companies produced candy, chocolates, and cookies in the city, pumping out sweets ranging from Necco wafers to Fig Newtons and Squirrel Nut zippers. Tim Logan,, "In biotech hub Cambridge, there’s still room for Junior Mints," 21 Aug. 2019 From zippers and rivets on jackets and jeans to the minerals used in iPhones, China makes or processes many of the ingredients that go into today’s consumer goods. Alexandra Stevenson, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s tariffs may hurt as trade war worsens, but quitting China is hard to do. Why other countries can’t fill the bill.," 24 Sep. 2018 Joining Yeti’s line of waterproof, noninsulated Panga duffels, the Panga Backpack 28 uses the same hefty zippers and tear-resistant, waterproof fabric. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Yeti Launches a Water Cooler and Backpack," 31 May 2018 The earliest tech suits appeared 10 years ago, ahead of the Beijing Olympics, and included full-body models with zippers and polyurethane panels. New York Times, "Young Swimmers May Have to Wait to Dress Like Katie Ledecky," 11 May 2018 Sneakers with zippers and fastener closings make shoes more manageable. Annie Groer,, "For people with disabilities, finding clothing that is stylish and meets their needs is getting easier," 7 Aug. 2019 Slowly, stealthily, with painful efforts at concealment—extra distracting—his zipper starts to creak. Abigail Deutsch, Harper's magazine, "Bette on the Blues," 22 July 2019 Other ideas include adding a lane-zipper that would move the lane barrier to accommodate rush hour traffic on Lexington Hill, or limiting truck traffic during certain hours. Kaitlyn Bartley, The Mercury News, "Los Gatos: Early North Santa Cruz Avenue road diet reviews spark yeas and no ways," 19 July 2019

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With two mesh side pockets, a front zippered pouch, and elastic straps on top, there is plenty of space to carry your ancillary stuff that doesn’t need to be kept cold. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Soft Coolers for Any Outing," 25 June 2019 The front of the pack has a hard-shell zippered compartment for storing sunglasses and other fragile items, and several RFID-blocking pouches for keeping your credit cards and other data safe. Kari Bodnarchuk,, "Here, there, and everywhere," 16 July 2019 This bag is compact, with an interior zippered pocket for organization. The Editors, Outside Online, "Gear for Your Gap Year," 25 Apr. 2018 The kit comes with a clear polyethylene cover, roll-up zippered door, tubular steel frame, four 18-inch deep shelves, guy ropes, and metal stakes. Christina Butan,, "You Can Build Your Own Mini Greenhouse in 20 Minutes With This DIY Kit from Amazon," 21 June 2019 Meanwhile, Lizzo celebrated her new album by posing in shiny red zippered bodysuit with harness straps. Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Solange Wears a Naked Dress, SJP Is Shining," 4 May 2019 Thanks to an expandable zippered pocket, the Scope goes from medium (24 liters) to large (36 liters) with ease. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Commuter Backpacks for the Daily Grind," 2 May 2019 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

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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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