manga

noun
man·​ga | \ ˈmäŋ-gə How to pronounce manga (audio) \
plural manga also mangas

Definition of manga

: Japanese comic books and graphic novels considered collectively as a genre The characters' faces beam the big-eyed, manically jolly winsomeness that in anime and manga signals contentment.— Peter Schjeldahl also : an individual comic book or graphic novel of the manga genre This black-and-white manga is based on the Japanese animated TV series of the same name … Library Journal

Examples of manga in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Inspired by Japanese influencers and foreign celebrities, Ms. Kizu decided at 19 to get a tattoo of a crescent moon on her right thigh, a homage to her favorite manga series, Sugar Sugar Rune. New York Times, 23 Apr. 2022 Kikagaku Moyo’s studious dedication to psychedelic music is almost a musical version of these otaku subcultures, where fans become completely obsessed with a manga, aesthetic, or moment in history. Hunter Walker, Rolling Stone, 13 Apr. 2022 The Japanese film is based on a best-selling manga and available to watch dubbed or with subtitles. Lindsey Bahr, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Mar. 2022 The Japanese film is based on a best-selling manga and available to watch dubbed or with subtitles. Lindsey Bahr, chicagotribune.com, 20 Mar. 2022 The Japanese film is based on a best-selling manga and available to watch dubbed or with subtitles. Lindsey Bahr, USA TODAY, 20 Mar. 2022 The underlying manga has reached over 10 million copies sold in the U.S., including 1.2 million copies of vol. Patrick Frater, Variety, 6 Apr. 2022 The manga also has spawned an enormously popular anime series. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Mar. 2022 The film is based on the best-selling manga, which has sold 60 million copies in Japan. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of manga

circa 1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for manga

Japanese, comic, cartoon, from man- involuntary, aimless + -ga picture

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The first known use of manga was circa 1951

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12 May 2022

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“Manga.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manga. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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manga

noun
man·​ga | \ ˈmäŋ-gə \

Kids Definition of manga

: a Japanese comic book or graphic novel

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