[ an-uh-rak, ah-nuh-rahk ]
/ ˈæn əˌræk, ˈɑ nəˌrɑk /


a hooded pullover jacket originally made of fur and worn in the arctic, now made of any weather-resistant fabric.
a jacket patterned after this, made of any weather-resistant material and worn widely.

Origin of anorak

1920–25; < Inuit (Greenlandic) annoraaq Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anorak

  • Besides the breeches and anorak of light wind-cloth, he made stockings of the same material.

  • Our Burberry wind-clothes were made in the form of anorak (blouse) and trousers, both very roomy.

  • Above the timiak, an outer vest (anorak) is worn, now for the most part made of cotton.

    Eskimo Life|Fridtjof Nansen
  • He turns his anorak back to front, draws his hood up over his face, and then dangles the tupilek between his legs.

    Eskimo Life|Fridtjof Nansen

British Dictionary definitions for anorak

/ (ˈænəˌræk) /


a warm waterproof hip-length jacket usually with a hood, originally worn in polar regions, but now worn for any outdoor activity
informal, derogatory a socially inept person with a hobby considered by most people to be boring

Word Origin for anorak

from Inuktitut ánorâq
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