an·​i·​me ˈa-nə-ˌmā How to pronounce anime (audio) ˈä-nē- How to pronounce anime (audio)
: 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 Japanese anime master Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning swan song The Boy and the Heron has taken flight at China’s box office in a major way. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2024 Cartoon generators spin up New Yorker–style illustrations and vivid anime stills. Kate Knibbs, WIRED, 4 Apr. 2024 The event marked the first time a Japanese helmer attended the launch of their anime movie in the Middle East. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 26 Mar. 2024 One of the driving forces behind his music is his sense of humor, from a tongue-in-cheek remake of a Frank Ocean lyric to interludes referencing Bushwick gay bar Mood Ring to lyrics that pull inspiration from jokes in anime. Vrinda Jagota, SPIN, 21 Mar. 2024 During her time with her dad, Everly gets to explore more hobbies and interests, like anime. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 18 Mar. 2024 Akira Toriyama, the creator of the best-selling Dragon Ball and other popular anime who influenced Japanese comics, has died, his studio said Friday. Mari Yamaguchi, The Denver Post, 8 Mar. 2024 The international popularity of anime like One Piece and Naruto can be directly traced back to him and Dragon Ball., 8 Mar. 2024 In the 1950s and ’60s, a volleyball team of textile-factory workers from Japan strung together a stunning 258-game winning streak—including a world championship and Olympic gold—while sparking a craze in volleyball manga and anime both locally and beyond. Lisa Wong MacAbasco, Vogue, 21 Mar. 2024

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'anime.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


Japanese, animation, short for animēshiyon, from English

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anime was in 1985

Dictionary Entries Near anime

Cite this Entry

“Anime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


an·​i·​me ˈan-ə-ˌmā How to pronounce anime (audio) ˈä-nē- How to pronounce anime (audio)
: a style of animation originating in Japan that has stark colorful graphics, action-filled plots, and often fantastic or futuristic themes

from Japanese, literally, "animation," short for animēshiyon (from English)

More from Merriam-Webster on anime

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!