an·​i·​me | \ ˈa-nə-ˌmā How to pronounce anime (audio) , ˈä-nē- How to pronounce anime (audio) \

Definition of anime

: a style of animation originating in Japan that is characterized by stark colorful graphics depicting vibrant characters in action-filled plots often with fantastic or futuristic themes

Examples of anime in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is the latest move to expand Netflix's original anime offerings, as the streaming platform continues to digitally house popular titles. Nick Romano,, "Netflix sets Cyberpunk 2077 anime series based on game for 2022," 25 June 2020 No preview footage of that anime has yet been revealed. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Cyberpunk 2077’s big summer trailer: Braindance your way into Keanu [Updated]," 25 June 2020 Over the weekend, almost 2,000 people gathered in Palmdale demanding justice for Fuller, who was described as a peacemaker who mostly stayed to himself and loved music, anime and video games. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "California Officials Call For Investigation Into Hanging Death Of Robert Fuller," 15 June 2020 NERDtorch Café provides entertainment and a community center for people who love anime, comics and gaming. al, "Here’s a list of black-owned businesses in Auburn to support," 7 June 2020 Anissa Merriam was a vibrant teenager, a talented artist who loved anime and excelled in difficult classes. Laurie Mcginley, Anchorage Daily News, "Medical research, clinical trials for most diseases take a hit amid pandemic panic," 5 June 2020 Ryosuke Ozawa/Kyodo News, via Associated Press The police in Japan on Wednesday arrested a man suspected of setting fire to an anime studio in Kyoto that killed 36 people last summer in the worst mass killing in the country in decades. Gerry Mullany, New York Times, "Suspect Is Arrested in Anime Studio Fire That Killed 36," 27 May 2020 That means other networks will have to shop among the anime studios, foreign suppliers and comedy specialists to fill their schedules. Lucas Shaw,, "Hollywood’s New Obsession Is Old Stand-Up Comedy and Foreign Reruns," 26 May 2020 Well, aside from the very anime Scarlet Nexus, announced by Bandai Namco, not really. Julie Muncy, Wired, "Microsoft Is Starting to Tease Xbox Series X Games," 8 May 2020

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First Known Use of anime

1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anime

Japanese, animation, short for animēshiyon, from English

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The first known use of anime was in 1985

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6 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Anime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce anime (audio) How to pronounce anime (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of anime

: a style of animation that was created in Japan and that uses colorful images, strong characters, and stories that have a lot of action


an·​i·​me | \ ˈa-nə-ˌmā, ˈä-nē- \

Kids Definition of anime

: a style of animation that was created in Japan and that uses colorful images, strong characters, and action-filled plots

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