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[zhahn-ruh; French zhahn-ruh] /ˈʒɑn rə; French ˈʒɑ̃ rə/
noun, plural genres
[zhahn-ruh z; French zhahn-ruh] /ˈʒɑn rəz; French ˈʒɑ̃ rə/ (Show IPA)
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.
  1. paintings in which scenes of everyday life form the subject matter.
  2. a realistic style of painting using such subject matter.
genus; kind; sort; style.
Fine Arts. of or relating to genre.
of or relating to a distinctive literary type.
Origin of genre
1760-70; < French: kind, sort; see gender1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for genre
  • 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.
  • If not then perhaps another genre of game may be what your looking for.
  • Although in the same genre, they are really totally different games.
  • It was a blockbuster and genre-buster at the same time.
  • The research statement seems like a very strange genre to write.
  • It mocks the genre completely, that's why it's so great.
  • Industry executives say the genre may need to be tweaked significantly to attract mainstream players.
British Dictionary definitions for genre


  1. kind, category, or sort, esp of literary or artistic work
  2. (as modifier): genre fiction
a category of painting in which domestic scenes or incidents from everyday life are depicted
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Old French gendre; see gender
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Word Origin and History for genre

1770, as a French word in English (nativized from c.1840), from French genre "kind, sort, style" (see gender). Used especially in French for "independent style." Of painting, "depicting scenes of ordinary life" (as compared to "landscape," "historical," etc.) from 1849.

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genre in Culture
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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