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[mahng-guh, mang‐] /ˈmɑŋ gə, ˈmæŋ‐/
a Japanese graphic novel, typically intended for adults, characterized by highly stylized art.
Origin of manga
1985-90; < Japanese: literally, cartoon, comic strip Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for manga
  • manga tried to squeeze off another round, but the gun jammed.
  • The tiny shop is crammed with bestsellers, some of them thick manga comic books.
  • The bill, which has been delayed, has been opposed by some anime and manga creators as prohibiting expression.
  • There is lots of turnover on the manga list this week.
  • manga is a very poor fighter and would rather talk his way out of combat.
  • The manga has recently reached its thirteenth volume and is still ongoing.
British Dictionary definitions for manga


noun (pl) manga
  1. a type of Japanese comic book with an adult theme
  2. (as modifier): manga videos
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for manga

"Japanese comic books or graphic novels," c.1984, from Japanese, "cartoon, caricature," literally "involuntary pictures." Term said to have been coined 1814 by artist Katsushika Hokusai to "convey a sense of free-flowing composition and quirky style." See anime.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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