- 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 relating to genre.
- of or relating to a distinctive literary type.
Origin of genre
Related Words for genrecategory, style, fashion, brand, character, kind, sort, school, group, classification, class, genus, species
Examples from the Web for genre
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 8, 2015
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.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
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
Historical Examples of genre
Erasmus made no further ventures in the genre of the Praise of Folly.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
His genre differs from Dutch or French not in kind but in degree.The Venetian Painters of the Renaissance
It might be compared to the vaudeville in opera or to the genre picture in art.Unwritten Literature of Hawaii
Nathaniel Bright Emerson
Yet, when properly played, it is one of the most effective of his compositions in this genre.The Pianolist
In this genre, if I am not misemploying that term, he remained without a peer.Brazilian Tales
Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
- kind, category, or sort, esp of literary or artistic work
- (as modifier)genre fiction
- a category of painting in which domestic scenes or incidents from everyday life are depicted
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.