noun, plural gen·res [zhahn-ruh z; French zhahn-ruh] /ˈʒɑn rəz; French ˈʒɑ̃ rə/.
- paintings in which scenes of everyday life form the subject matter.
- a realistic style of painting using such subject matter.
Origin of genre
Examples from the Web for genre
People watch night soaps because the genre allows them to believe in a world where people just react off their baser instincts.‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist|Judnick Mayard|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I came [to personal essays] through the route of, if you want to call it intellection or a kind of interpretive [genre].
You had a great line in your piece on Geoffrey Beene about the “genre” of evening wear.
Phonetic, made-up lyrics are another venerable tradition of folk music, and “pa-rum-pa-pa-pum” is iconic of the genre.
Pryor played with the edges of every genre that he took up; that was a big part of the energy of his performances.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America|David Yaffe, Scott Saul|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The same absence, in general, of a national spirit is to be noticed in the works of the genre painters.English Painters|Harry John Wilmot-Buxton
It is therefore astonishing that this opera has pleased so much, as this genre is never much liked.Louis Spohr's Autobiography|Louis Spohr
It is in his genre work that the broad manner is mostly observable, and only very occasionally is it to be found in his portraits.Art Principles|Ernest Govett
Fountains were adorned also with genre groups and animal forms.Pompeii, Its Life and Art|August Mau
The story of plot may be easy to recognize as a genre, but not all stories of plot are potential short stories.The Technique of Fiction Writing|Robert Saunders Dowst
British Dictionary definitions for genre
- kind, category, or sort, esp of literary or artistic work
- (as modifier)genre fiction
Word Origin for genre
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.
Culture definitions for genre
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.