an·​o·​rak | \ˈa-nə-ˌrak \

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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His anorak features a notched collar and doubles as a suit jacket with wide-legged cropped pants. Washington Post, "Prada redefines youthful elegance with psychedelic flair," 17 June 2018 Her transparent anorak with orange draw strings gave a sporty touch to an orange terry cloth dress with an asymmetrical hemline. Washington Post, "Prada redefines youthful elegance with psychedelic flair," 17 June 2018 For the second role play of the evening, Tingook pulls on the bear’s white anorak and disappears into the night. Eva Holland, Smithsonian, "Where the Doomed, Beloved Polar Bear Is Still a Dangerous Predator," 16 May 2018 Some of her most popular pieces, including Jimmy Paulette & Misty in a Taxi, NYC and Nan as a dominatrix, Cambridge MA 1978, will be re-created on sweatshirts, anoraks, skateboards, and T-shirts for Supreme. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Supreme Announces a Genuinely Unexpected Collaboration," 26 Mar. 2018 Raf Simons gave us balaclavas and hazmat suits at Calvin Klein, while Alexander Wang put his boss ladies in scuba suits and anoraks. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "How Will Women Dress in 2018? Look to Mildred Hayes in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," 1 Mar. 2018 The New England brand's version of anorak, it's built out of lightweight material, full of pockets and pouches and has got a timeless design. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Today's Best Deals: Things Won't Break in a Pelican Case," 30 Apr. 2018 This frustrates me, because my definition of an audiophile is simply someone who wants to enjoy music at its best, not an electrical engineering anorak. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "The Chord Hugo 2 is the worst kind of audiophile equipment," 24 Apr. 2018 Also in the mix are a wool varsity jacket, a nylon anorak and track pant printed with a reflective pattern, sweatshirts, sweat shorts, caps, and a waist bag and shoulder bag. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Style Notes: Isabella Rossellini on Returning to Lancome; Hood By Air Designer Teams with Longchamp," 17 Apr. 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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English Language Learners Definition of anorak

: a jacket that has a hood and that is long enough to cover your hips

: a person who is extremely interested in something that other people find boring

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