What does anime mean?

Definitions for anime
ˈæn əˌmeɪani·me

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Zanzibar copal, animenoun

    a hard copal derived from an African tree

  2. anime, gum animenoun

    any of various resins or oleoresins


  1. animenoun

    An artistic style heavily used in, and associated with, Japanese animation, and that has also been adopted by a comparatively low number of animated works from other countries

  2. animenoun

    An animated work originated in Japan, regardless of the artistic style.

  3. animenoun

    An animated work in anime style, regardless of the country of origin.

  4. Etymology: From アニメ, an abbreviation of アニメーション, from animation.


  1. Anime

    Anime (Japanese: アニメ, IPA: [aɲime] (listen)) is hand-drawn and computer-generated animation originating from Japan. Outside of Japan and in English, anime refers specifically to animation produced in Japan. However, in Japan and in Japanese, anime (a term derived from a shortening of the English word animation) describes all animated works, regardless of style or origin. Animation produced outside of Japan with similar style to Japanese animation is commonly referred to as anime-influenced animation. The earliest commercial Japanese animations date to 1917. A characteristic art style emerged in the 1960s with the works of cartoonist Osamu Tezuka and spread in following decades, developing a large domestic audience. Anime is distributed theatrically, through television broadcasts, directly to home media, and over the Internet. In addition to original works, anime are often adaptations of Japanese comics (manga), light novels, or video games. It is classified into numerous genres targeting various broad and niche audiences. Anime is a diverse medium with distinctive production methods that have adapted in response to emergent technologies. It combines graphic art, characterization, cinematography, and other forms of imaginative and individualistic techniques. Compared to Western animation, anime production generally focuses less on movement, and more on the detail of settings and use of "camera effects", such as panning, zooming, and angle shots. Diverse art styles are used, and character proportions and features can be quite varied, with a common characteristic feature being large and emotive eyes.The anime industry consists of over 430 production companies, including major studios such as Studio Ghibli, Kyoto Animation, Sunrise, Bones, Ufotable, MAPPA, Wit Studio, CoMix Wave Films, Production I.G and Toei Animation. Since the 1980s, the medium has also seen widespread international success with the rise of foreign dubbed, subtitled programming, and since the 2010s its increasing distribution through streaming services and a widening demographic embrace of anime culture, both within Japan and worldwide. As of 2016, Japanese animation accounted for 60% of the world's animated television shows.


  1. anime

    Anime is a style of animation that originated and is predominantly associated with Japan. It includes a wide range of genres, such as action, romance, horror, fantasy, and more. It can be characterized by its vibrant artwork, fantastic themes, and colorful characters, often with exaggerated physical features. Anime is presented in various formats, including TV series, films, and web series, and can cater to different age groups from children to adults.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Animeadjective

    of a different tincture from the animal itself; -- said of the eyes of a rapacious animal

  2. Animenoun

    a resin exuding from a tropical American tree (Hymenaea courbaril), and much used by varnish makers

  3. Etymology: [F., animated.]


  1. Anime

    Anime are Japanese animated productions featuring hand-drawn or computer animation. Anime includes animated television series, short films and full-length feature films. The word is the abbreviated pronunciation of "animation" in Japanese. In English, the term is defined as a Japanese-disseminated animation style often characterized by colorful graphics, vibrant characters and fantastic themes. The intended meaning of the term sometimes varies depending on the context. While the earliest known Japanese animation dates to 1917, and many original Japanese animations were produced in the ensuing decades, the characteristic anime style developed in the 1960s—notably with the work of Osamu Tezuka—and became known outside Japan in the 1980s. Anime, like manga, has a large audience in Japan and recognition throughout the world. Distributors can release anime via television broadcasts, directly to video, or theatrically, as well as online. Both hand-drawn and computer-animated anime exist. It is used in television series, films, video, video games, commercials, and Internet-based releases, and represents most, if not all, genres of fiction. As the market for anime increased in Japan, it also gained popularity in East and Southeast Asia. Anime is currently popular in many different regions around the world.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Anime

    an′im, n. the resin of the West Indian locust-tree—used also for other gums and resins. [Said to be Fr. animé, living, from the number of insects in it; but perhaps a native name.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. anime

    (Fr.). A sort of ancient cuirass, also called brigandine; was used in Italy until the 17th century, under the name of anima, or animetta.

  2. animé

    An epithet applied in heraldry to panthers or other wild beasts borne with flames issuing from their mouth and ears.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of anime in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of anime in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of anime in a Sentence

  1. Susan Napier:

    People will be curious, anime style is a very distinctive style, and if you’re not used to it, you’re going to say: ‘Wow, what is this? This is cool.’.

  2. Naad-Dre Amos:

    It is never too late to learn anything you want, my favorite color is blue and I’m learning about this anime movie called Perfect Blue.”

  3. Masaaki Nagumo:

    As an anime-inspired robot that one can ride, I think this is the biggest in the world.

  4. Akihiko Kondo:

    I think there are others out there who have fallen in love with anime characters and want to marry them, i want to support their choices.

  5. Paul Gosar:

    I do not espouse violence or harm towards any Member of Congress or Mr. Biden, the video depicts the fight taking place next week on the House floor and symbolizes the battle for the soul of America when Congress takes up Mr. Biden’s massive $4 trillion spending bill that includes amnesty for millions of illegal aliens already in our country and was not meant to depict any harm or violence against anyone portrayed in the anime.

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