[zhahn-ruh; French zhahn-ruh]
noun, plural genres [zhahn-ruhz; French zhahn-ruh] .
a class or category of artistic endeavor having a particular form, content, technique, or the like: the genre of epic poetry; the genre of symphonic music.
Fine Arts.
paintings in which scenes of everyday life form the subject matter.
a realistic style of painting using such subject matter.
genus; kind; sort; style.
Fine Arts. of or pertaining to genre.
of or pertaining to a distinctive literary type.

1760–70; < French: kind, sort; see gender1 Unabridged
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genre (ˈʒɑːnrə)
1.  a.  kind, category, or sort, esp of literary or artistic work
 b.  (as modifier): genre fiction
2.  a category of painting in which domestic scenes or incidents from everyday life are depicted
[C19: from French, from Old French gendre; see gender]

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Word Origin & History

1770, from Fr. genre "kind, sort, style," from O.Fr. (see gender). Used especially in Fr. for "independent style," as compared to "landscape, historical," etc.
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Cultural Dictionary
genre [(zhahn-ruh)]

The kind or type of a work of art, from the French, meaning “kind” or “genus.” Literary genres include the novel and the sonnet. Musical genres include the concerto and the symphony. Film genres include Westerns and horror movies.

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Example sentences
However, few recent releases of this genre have so faithfully presented bossa
  nova and samba so far north of the equator.
Famous people dabbling in this lucrative genre is a centuries-old practice.
Pete Seeger is still singing the ballads that popularized folk music and
  transformed the genre into a call for action.
We watch it for the heightened wit and drama of scripted speech, or the
  hilarious awfulness of the reality genre.
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