comic strip


a sequence of drawings, either in color or black and white, relating a comic incident, an adventure or mystery story, etc., often serialized, typically having dialogue printed in balloons, and usually printed as a horizontal strip in daily newspapers and in an uninterrupted block or longer sequence of such strips in Sunday newspapers and in comic books.

Origin of comic strip

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of comic strip

  • One of the greatest things about this picture-story or comic-strip form, it can balance the two things.

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    New York's Comic-Book Hero

    Malcolm Jones

    March 4, 2011

  • John Bolton, who was the U.S. ambassador to U.N., called it a "comic-strip approach to international affairs."

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    A Video History of U.N. Outbursts

    The Daily Beast Video

    September 22, 2009

Historical Examples of comic strip

  • Comic-strip characters occupied a large part of the memory of those who grew up with the names of characters from books.

  • Madge exclaimed, relapsing into comic-strip slang as she always did when greatly excited.

    The Secret of the Sundial

    Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt

British Dictionary definitions for comic strip

comic strip


a sequence of drawings in a newspaper, magazine, etc, relating a humorous story or an adventureAlso called: strip cartoon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012