What does genre mean?

Definitions for genreˈʒɑn rə; Fr. ˈʒɑ̃ rə

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. genre(noun)

    a kind of literary or artistic work

  2. writing style, literary genre, genre(noun)

    a style of expressing yourself in writing

  3. music genre, musical genre, genre, musical style(noun)

    an expressive style of music

  4. genre(noun)

    a class of art (or artistic endeavor) having a characteristic form or technique


  1. genre(Noun)

    A kind; a stylistic category or sort, especially of literature or other artworks.

  2. Origin: Borrowed from genre, from genus (cognate with Ancient Greek γένος), from genes-. Compare gender.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Genre(noun)

    a style of painting, sculpture, or other imitative art, which illustrates everyday life and manners

  2. Origin: [F. See Gender.]


  1. Genre

    Genre is the term for any category of literature or other forms of art or entertainment, e.g. music, whether written or spoken, audial or visual, based on some set of stylistic criteria. Genres are formed by conventions that change over time as new genres are invented and the use of old ones are discontinued. Often, works fit into multiple genres by way of borrowing and recombining these conventions. Genre theory is a branch of critical theory. Genre began as an absolute classification system for ancient Greek literature. Poetry, prose and performance had a specific and calculated style that related to the theme of the story. Speech patterns for comedy would not be appropriate for tragedy, and even actors were restricted to their genre under the assumption that a type of person could tell one type of story best. In later periods genres proliferated and developed in response to changes in audiences and creators. Genre became a dynamic tool to help the public make sense out of unpredictable art. Because art is often a response to a social state, in that people write/paint/sing/dance about what they know about, the use of genre as a tool must be able to adapt to changing meanings. In fact as far back as ancient Greece, new art forms were emerging that called for the evolution of genre, for example the "tragicomedy".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Genre

    zhangr, n. kind, style: a style of painting scenes from familiar or rustic life. [Fr. genre, kind—L. genus.]

Anagrams for genre »

  1. regen

  2. green, Green

  3. neger

  4. Green


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of genre in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of genre in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Vanna Bonta:

    Any literature, when it arrives at being good literature, transcends genre.

  2. Michel Franco:

    My films are not trying to be easy on the public, but rather are developing a story that is not very common and does not fit into a genre.

  3. David Guetta:

    It's an evolution. The thing is that, every musical genre starts from the underground, gets trendy, then it becomes popular, and then it dies or it is reinvented in a different way.

  4. David Yates:

    I think the comic book genre will constantly evolve. Because it is a genre that contains stories and characters that can go in any direction so I as a place for theater it will probably be with us for a little bit longer yet, marvel do an amazing job and they're bright enough to take those worlds in different directions.

  5. Larry Iser:

    Unfortunately, today's jury verdict has blurred the lines between protectable elements of a musical composition and the unprotectable musical style or groove exemplified by Marvin Gaye, although Gaye was the Prince of Soul, he didn't own a copyright to the genre, and Thicke and Williams' homage to the feel of Marvin Gaye is not infringing.

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