Definition of mecha in English:


nounplural noun mecha, plural noun mechas

  • (in anime, manga, etc.) a large armored robot, typically controlled by a person riding inside the robot itself.

    ‘I loved the design of the giant mecha, and how it was integrated into the look of the show’
    • ‘a series of mecha battles that are action-packed’
    • ‘They got to work on a revised finale, this time offering mainstream audiences all the mecha action they demanded.’
    • ‘A team of ace pilots in convertible mecha take to the skies in order to save the world.’
    • ‘The mecha action is really secondary to the show.’
    • ‘In between the jokes, there is plenty of space battle action, liberally peppered with clean CG mecha.’
    • ‘Mecha fans should enjoy its fusion of formula elements with classic American hard SF.’
    • ‘After a good half-minute of character development, our heroes cart out their mecha for some soporific combat.’
    • ‘Most of the inexperienced pilots controlling the mecha are killed.’
    • ‘Flanking the forward bulge of the mecha are two 40 mm, liquid-cooled auto-cannons, effective against small targets, such as tanks and APCs.’
    • ‘The biggest problem is the mechas, which stick out like sore thumbs from the rest of the animation.’
    • ‘Earth is repeatedly attacked by the Mimetic Beasts, leaving Goh and Anna to defend it in their battle mechas.’



/ˈmekə/ /ˈmɛkə/


1980s Japanese meka, shortened from mekanizumu ‘mechanism’, mekanikaru ‘mechanical’, etc.