[ zhahn-ruh; French zhahn-ruh ]
/ ˈʒɑn rə; French ˈʒɑ̃ rə /
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noun, plural gen·res [zhahn-ruhz; French zhahn-ruh]. /ˈʒɑn rəz; French ˈʒɑ̃ rə/.

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.



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Origin of genre

1760–70; <French: kind, sort; see gender1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

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British Dictionary definitions for genre

/ (ˈʒɑːnrə) /


  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 for genre

C19: from French, from Old French gendre; see gender
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for 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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