an·​o·​rak ˈa-nə-ˌrak How to pronounce anorak (audio)
: a usually pullover hooded jacket long enough to cover the hips
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

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Word History


borrowed from Norwegian, Danish or German, borrowed from Greenlandic Inuit annoraaq, name for a hooded outer garment originally made of skin; (sense 2) from the alleged popularity of anoraks as outerwear among such people

Note: The word was initially circulated in English through translations of accounts of polar expeditions, particularly those by Fridtjof nansen, who also wrote about the lives and culture of Greenland Inuit.

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of anorak was in 1877

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“Anorak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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