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

Examples of manga in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nendoroid plastic figurines, typically depicting characters from anime, manga or video games, are selling like hotcakes on Lotte’s direct platform in Japan. Kevin Rozario, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 As anime fans know, live-action manga adaptations can be hit or miss. Chris Snellgrove,, 26 Jan. 2024 Not all of anime and manga adaptations are home runs. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, 2 Jan. 2024 So far, Amazon’s Comixology integration hasn’t gone so well, and the lack of dedicated tools to organize comics and manga isn’t making the transition away from the app any better. Emma Roth, The Verge, 13 Dec. 2023 The Tokyo Story Market will specialize in business negotiations for film and audiovisual adaptations of original works (stories) including manga (Japanese comics) and novels. Patrick Frater, Variety, 28 Sep. 2023 The soaring popularity of manga in the United States and around the world is a testament to its unique appeal. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Jan. 2024 All the denizens of the manga, anime and Japanese film worlds are here as figurines, posters and T-shirts. John Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 15 Jan. 2024 As a relatively new medium webtoons have escaped some of the strictures of Japan’s manga business or the cartoon industry in other countries. Patrick Frater, Variety, 24 Jan. 2024 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 24 Feb. 2024.

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

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