[mahng-guh, mang‐]


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

Related Words for manga

cartoon, comic, manga

Examples from the Web for manga

Contemporary Examples of manga

Historical Examples of manga

  • It was his manga—his botas—his hat and spurs—his complete habiliments!

    The White Chief

    Mayne Reid

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

    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

British Dictionary definitions for manga


noun plural 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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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