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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set One of the most acclaimed and influential manga of all time, Akira has been talked about since its debut in 1988. Kevin Cortez, Popular Mechanics, 11 Nov. 2022 Tsutumi’s ultimate goal is to become a one-stop app for every sort of entertainment content: from movies to the manga, books and webtoons that are the source material for so many films in Japan. Mark Schilling, Variety, 26 Oct. 2022 Chainsaw Man, one of the most popular manga of the last five years, finally gets the anime adaptation that its fans have been clamoring for. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 10 Oct. 2022 Yuki Tanada merges past and present in a faithful, visually rich live-action adaptation of a beloved manga by Waka Hirako. Marta Balaga, Variety, 1 July 2022 The manga won the 65th Shogakukan Manga Award and is a best-seller with over 2.7 million copies sold. Patrick Frater, Variety, 22 Oct. 2022 There are endless design possibilities for anime- or manga-inspired manicures. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 19 Oct. 2022 The gigantic collection is not associated with Eiichiro Oda, the writer and artist who created the manga. Theara Coleman, The Week, 20 Sep. 2022 This anime is one of the best on Hulu, and it is based on the manga by Tatsuya Endo. Toby Grey, BGR, 16 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of manga was circa 1951

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“Manga.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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man·​ga ˈmäŋ-gə How to pronounce manga (audio)
: a Japanese comic book or graphic novel

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