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anime

[an-uh-mey] /ˈæn əˌmeɪ/
noun
1.
a Japanese style of motion-picture animation, characterized by highly stylized, colorful art, futuristic settings, violence, and sexuality.
Origin
1985-90; < Japanese, borrowing of English animation
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British Dictionary definitions for animes

anime

/ˈænɪˌmeɪ/
noun
1.
a type of Japanese animated film with themes and styles similar to manga comics
Word Origin
C20: from Japanese

animé1

/ˈænɪˌmeɪ; -mɪ/
noun
1.
any of various resins, esp that obtained from the tropical American leguminous tree Hymenaea courbaril
Word Origin
French: of uncertain origin

animé2

/ˈænɪˌmeɪ/
adjective, adverb
1.
(music) the French word for animato
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Word Origin and History for animes

anime

n.

c.1985, Japanese for "animation," a term that seems to have arisen in the 1970s, apparently based on French animé "animated, lively, roused," from the same root as English animate (adj.). Probably taken into Japanese from a phrase such as dessin animé "cartoon," literally "animated design," with the adjective abstracted or mistaken, due to its position, as a noun.

Manga (q.v.) is Japanese for "comic book, graphic novel," but anime largely are based on manga and until 1970s, anime were known in Japan as manga eiga or "TV manga." The two terms are somewhat confused in English.

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