What does BL mean?

An initialism for the slang term "Boy Love" — commonly used in Shounen Ai anime, depicts homosexual relationships between young men.


Other definitions of BL:

  • Stands for Boy-Love. Any work of fiction that has a boy-boy romantic relationship.
  • Boy Love. Often used to describe fanfic or anime that involves two men falling in love. Also known as Yaoi.

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How to use the term

  • Pick me up that new BL manga when you're at the bookstore, please!

  • Life isn't often like one of those BL animes you watch, but when it is, boy, is it nice.

  • Who's your favorite BL ship?


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