Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A style of animation developed in Japan, characterized by stylized colorful art and often adult themes.

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  • n. 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
  • n. An animated work originated in Japan, regardless of the artistic style.
  • n. An animated work in anime style, regardless of the country of origin.
  • n. A resin from a tropical American tree (Hymenaea courbaril), used to make varnishes.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Japanese, short for animēshon, animation, from English animation.

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From Japanese アニメ ("anime"), an abbreviation of アニメーション ("animēshon"), from English animation.

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French animé ("animated") (from the insects that are entrapped in it); or native name.

Examples

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