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


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zippered; zippering; zippers

Example Sentences

Noun The zipper was stuck and we couldn't open the suitcase. Can you help him with his zipper?
Recent Examples on the Web
There is even an expansion zipper to add a few more inches of space. Todd Plummer, Travel + Leisure, 27 Jan. 2023 Another great travel option, Smythson's jewelry roll has zipper compartments and a dedicated ring and earring holder that will ensure your keepsakes are neatly in one place. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 26 Jan. 2023 With easy zipper access to adjust the latex, if this all wasn’t enough, Avocado even offers a generous one-year sleep trial. Neeti Mehra, Treehugger, 24 Jan. 2023 There's a double zipper on the bottom of each pouch for ease of filling and washing. Erica Jackson Curran, Parents, 22 Jan. 2023 However, other options may use a zipper to open and close the duvet cover. Samantha Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Jan. 2023 Bieber wore black pants with a black floral print, point black heels, a corset shirt with a shiny gold zipper, gold dangle earrings, and a bold gold buckle belt to leave her looking snatched. Zizi Strater, Peoplemag, 18 Jan. 2023 This pack has a sizable outside pocket with lots of organizer options for snacks, travel documents, and devices, and a large, padded laptop and tablet pocket that’s accessed through an outer zipper. Kari Bodnarchuk,, 12 Jan. 2023 The pants featured boning at the high waistline and an invisible zipper. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 Jan. 2023
These pants are great for running and biking and have zippered leg openings for sliding over boots. Anna Callaghan, Outside Online, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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,, 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, 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, 22 Nov. 2019 See More

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Word History



from Zipper, a trademark

First Known Use


1924, in the meaning defined above


1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zipper was in 1924

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“Zipper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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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

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