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ˈmɑŋ gə, ˈmæŋ-man·ga

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. manganoun

    graphic novel that originated in Japan, usually intended for adults and characterized by highly stylized art


  1. manganoun

    An artistic style heavily used in, and associated with, Japanese comics, and that has also been adopted by a comparatively low number of comics from other countries.

  2. manganoun

    A comic originated in Japan, regardless of the artistic style.

  3. manganoun

    A comic in manga style, regardless of the country of origin.

    These days I was reading a Brazilian manga.

  4. Etymology: From 漫画, 漫 (man-) "random, uncontrolled" + 画 (-ga) "picture, sketch". After an 1814 book by Katsushika Hokusai.


  1. Manga

    Manga are comics created in Japan, or by Japanese creators in the Japanese language, conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century. They have a long, complex pre-history in earlier Japanese art. In Japan, people of all ages read manga. The medium includes works in a broad range of genres: action-adventure, romance, sports and games, historical drama, comedy, science fiction and fantasy, mystery, suspense, detective, horror, sexuality, and business/commerce, among others. Since the 1950s, manga has steadily become a major part of the Japanese publishing industry, representing a ¥406 billion market in Japan in 2007 and ¥420 billion in 2009. Manga have also gained a significant worldwide audience. In Europe and the Middle East the market is worth $250 million. In 2008, in the U.S. and Canada, the manga market was valued at $175 million. The markets in France and the United States are about the same size. Manga stories are typically printed in black-and-white, although some full-color manga exist. In Japan, manga are usually serialized in large manga magazines, often containing many stories, each presented in a single episode to be continued in the next issue. If the series is successful, collected chapters may be republished in paperback books called tankōbon. A manga artist typically works with a few assistants in a small studio and is associated with a creative editor from a commercial publishing company. If a manga series is popular enough, it may be animated after or even during its run. Sometimes manga are drawn centering on previously existing live-action or animated films.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Manga

    man′ga, n. a covering for a cross.

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  1. ganam

  2. amang

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of manga in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of manga in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of manga in a Sentence

  1. Lee Da-Ren:

    By taking the form of manga, the story is so easy to read, and yet so penetrating.

  2. Yoshiko Okuyama:

    More recent adaptations in manga and anime don't want to portray women in a misogynistic way.

  3. Lei Ming:

    Since then, all young women nationwide find that girls who are dressed as guys are no less handsome and more sexually attractive and secure than real guys, in the subculture, neutral-looking, slender and short-hair girls resemble the ideal male image in the world of manga (Japanese comics). This positioning appeals to a lot of people of the new generation.

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