[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for manga


/ (ˈmæŋɡə) /

noun plural manga

  1. a type of Japanese comic book with an adult theme
  2. (as modifier)manga videos
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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.

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