I’m looking for a word which describes all of buttons, zippers, and pegs — or any objects used to secure clothing, such as on the face of a t-shirt or jacket.

I’ve considered using seal and connector, but they seem out of place in the context of clothing. I’m not looking for a specialized word specifically for these things, but something which they appropriately fall under.

(It will be the name of a parameter in the description of an item of clothing in a program which can have one of the values listed above.)

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    Not a single word, but if you search using Clothing Fastener, Google images returns visuals of all the items in your list. – Autoresponder Feb 9 '13 at 5:41

I suggest fastening (“a hook or similar restraint used to fasten things together”). By the way, if you were referring to snaps, catches, etc. as used with jewelry, the proper word probably would be finding (“A self-contained component of assembled jewellery”). By extension, snaps and hooks used with clothing might also be called findings.


When confined to clothing, clothing fasteners seems to be the perfect general term to me. (But keep in mind I am not a native English speaker.)

  • In North American English, I believe 'Fastener' is most commonly used; 'fastening' would be rare. 'Fastener' will also always be understood to be a noun. – mickeyf Nov 30 '17 at 13:22

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