an·​o·​rak | \ ˈa-nə-ˌrak How to pronounce anorak (audio) \

Definition of anorak

1 : a usually pullover hooded jacket long enough to cover the hips
2 British, informal : a person who is extremely enthusiastic about and interested in something that other people find boring Bale's book is scholarly, immensely detailed and aimed squarely at political anoraks.The Sunday Business Post

Examples of anorak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This Adidas anorak represents the fashion industry’s most focused attempt so far at testing out the circular economy’s promise. Alden Wicker, Wired, 22 Apr. 2021 Tuck into the pockets of your anorak for a brisk morning hike, or pair with a peacoat for a night on the town. Popular Science, 17 Dec. 2020 This playful, very packable nylon anorak from Nike is the perfect antidote to gray skies that threaten to ruin your trip. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Jan. 2020 Experience-seeking toddlers scurry towards Brick Live, a giant collection of Lego sculptures; an army of elderly tinkerers in sensible shoes and anoraks in seasonal reds and oranges advance towards a craft fair. Tom Rowley, 1843, 6 Mar. 2020 Bucket hats, anoraks, and bold graphics were the tentpoles of his final collections at Lacoste, as was a Supreme collaboration revealed in 2018. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 30 June 2019 For her, the interplays ranged from a form-fitting silhouette in off-shoulder dresses and clingy crisscrossing knits, to looser constructions of denim tops and trouser or a leather anorak dresses. Colleen Barry, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2019 Some of the same looks were referenced for men, including a baggier version of the crisscross knits, worn with loose leather shorts, and a big, baggy anorak. Colleen Barry, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2019 However, beyond the household names and headline grabbing players, the league is full of quality footballers that even the most clued up of anoraks would struggle to point out to you., 21 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of anorak

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for anorak

Dan, from Inuit (Greenland) annoraaq

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“Anorak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of anorak

: a jacket that has a hood and that is long enough to cover your hips
British, informal + disapproving : a person who is extremely interested in something that other people find boring


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