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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. 2017.
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  • There are two distinct races or types of this family in Cuba, one known as the mango, and the other as the manga.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 5 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • There are two types of the manga, one known as the Amarilla and the other as the Blanca.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 5 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • The manga canoes were to arrive during the night, for the canoes we had were not fit for the capture of such large game.

    Lost in the Jungle Paul Du Chaillu
  • Once inside the manga, however, we were able to look them over at our leisure.

    Blanco y Colorado William C. Tetley
  • The harpoon has hardly struck the manga when our canoe goes with fearful rapidity.

    Lost in the Jungle Paul Du Chaillu
  • It is not under corte or manga either in Covarrubia or the 1730 edit.

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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