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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Fendi lets sun shine on post-Lagerfeld era, glancing back," 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, "Fendi lets sun shine on post-Lagerfeld era, glancing back," 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., "8 of the Best La Liga Players You May Not Have Heard of," 21 Sep. 2019 Want some lucky omens to help predict the winner, some betting advice, or just stats to impress your mates down the pub with your anorak-ian knowledge?, "Dortmund vs Barcelona: 6 Key Facts & Stats to Impress Your Mates Ahead of Champions League Clash," 17 Sep. 2019 To zhuzh up your classic go-to’s like bombers, motos, anoraks and denim outerwear, sprinkle in this plaid pattern and faux shearling piece. Niki Mcgloster, Essence, "The Hottest Way To Slay Fall Fashion," 9 Sep. 2019 The tempestuous weather here in Northern California calls for a versatile defense—and lately I’ve been reaching for this anorak, which uses a waterproof cotton originally designed to protect Royal Air Force pilots against wind and rain. Sunset Staff, Sunset, "Slather This Sauce, Peep These Petals, and 7 Other Things You Should See & Do This Memorial Day Weekend," 22 Jan. 2018 Celine’s nipped suits, Breton-striped shirts and anoraks felt Left Bank modish, an attitude that was underscored by the models’ mop-top haircuts. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Why Women Crave ‘French Style,’ and Men Want International Style," 22 Jan. 2019 Astronaut uniforms followed fanny packs, sheer anoraks, sheath dresses with colorful Latin flounces and a spherical clutch bag that looked like a bomb. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Starry Saint Laurent show in Paris sees models walk on water," 25 Sep. 2018

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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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The first known use of anorak was in 1877

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17 Jan 2020

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“Anorak.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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