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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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  • Yes, there were the manga, the sombrero, the botas and spurs.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • It was his manga—his botas—his hat and spurs—his complete habiliments!

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • 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
  • Finally the rope slackened; the manga was getting exhausted.

    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
  • 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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