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

Recent Examples on the Web Sweaters and jackets were given wings; denim and sweats sprouted ersatz 24-karat fringe; anoraks trailed lace like a wedding veil, or a royal train. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 29 Feb. 2024 Raincoats and anoraks were reinvented by Irish designer Robyn Lynch, who this season collaborated with 1970s athleisure brand C.P. Company. Fiona Sinclair Scott, CNN, 21 Feb. 2024 Now, with LadBaby official out of the race for the coveted U.K. Christmas No. 1, chart anoraks will keep a close eye on the ascent of the Pogues’ masterpiece. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 3 Sep. 2019 The best anoraks are the Eagle Scouts of jackets, ready to shield us from fickle outdoor conditions. Isaiah Freeman-Schub, Robb Report, 21 Dec. 2023 See all Example Sentences for anorak 

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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borrowed from Norwegian, Danish or German, borrowed from Greenlandic Inuit annoraaq, name for a hooded outer garment originally made of skin; (sense 2) from the alleged popularity of anoraks as outerwear among such people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 12 Jul. 2024.

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