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)

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 This time around, Chalamet wore a cool-guy black suit by Alexander McQueen, with zipper accents all over. Iris Goldsztajn, Marie Claire, 19 Oct. 2021 Hugo came down here to score hard drugs, fixed someone’s tent zipper, and was invited to stay in someone’s tent., 9 Oct. 2021 The cube’s two-way zipper and side handle can compress nine to 10 shirts or thin sweaters, three to four pairs of pants, a pair of shoes, and five to six pairs of undergarments. Meaghan Kenny, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Sep. 2021 Even in person, the ensemble can pass as formal, with touches such as a zipper on the pants—mostly for show, as they are cinched with a pajama-like drawstring. Miho Inada, WSJ, 23 Feb. 2021 Not only are celebrities like Emily Ratajkowski and Rihanna giving the two-inch zipper their stamp of approval, but Instagram-beloved labels like Miaou and I.Am., 9 Sep. 2021 The zipper allows entrance to the vehicle driver's side without removing. Lauren Rearick, Travel + Leisure, 7 Sep. 2021 To pair with your new leggings, the Syd Crop Jacket is made from the same iridescent fabric with silver studs around the shoulders and on either side of the front zipper. Eden Lichterman,, 18 Aug. 2021 Its flexible yet structured shape bears resemblance to the medicine bags traveling physicians use, featuring rounded edges, a zipper closure, and a magnetic latch strap to keep your essentials secure. Alex Warner,, 13 Aug. 2021 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, 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

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First Known Use of zipper


1924, in the meaning defined above


1927, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of zipper

: 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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