What does genre mean?

Definitions for genre
ˈʒɑn rə; Fr. ˈʒɑ̃ rəgenre

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. genrenoun

    a kind of literary or artistic work

  2. writing style, literary genre, genrenoun

    a style of expressing yourself in writing

  3. music genre, musical genre, genre, musical stylenoun

    an expressive style of music

  4. genrenoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. genrenoun

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Genrenoun

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

    Etymology: [F. See Gender.]

Freebase

  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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. genre

    A form of expression.

    The music genre has changed over time.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

Anagrams for genre »

  1. regen

  2. green, Green

  3. neger

  4. Green

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Numerology

  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

Examples of genre in a Sentence

  1. Maren Morris:

    I just want them all to know how much we love them back and just check out their music after this. It's Linda Martell, Yola, Mickey Guyton, Rissi Palmer, Brittney Spencer, Rhiannon Giddens, there are so many amazing Black women that pioneered and continue to pioneer this genre, and I know they're going to come after me, and they've come before me, but you've made this genre so, so beautiful. I hope you know that we see you. Thank you for making me so inspired as a singer in this genre.

  2. Dave Chappelle:

    I love my art form because I understand every practitioner of it, whether I agree with them or not I know where they're coming from. They want to be heard, they got something to say, there's something they notice. They just want to be understood, i love this genre, it saved my life.

  3. Ann Hui:

    I think Hong Kong should have its own film industry apart from co-productions with China, because even a province would like to have its local color and see its way of life in the films, hong Kong has a tradition of local films and has very distinct particulars about certain people and about certain subjects that are banned in China -- triads, horror stories, horror mixed with kung fu, kung fu mixed with comedy, that kind of genre in China right now is censored.

  4. Shania Twain:

    Whenever it goes too far in one direction, it just gets boring. It's very dominated by men right now … We don't have enough women, maybe it's more romance that country is missing right now. Women have a lot to say but it takes a lot of courage to say it. Women are the greater risk-takers. When they step out of what's expected in this genre, they are really stepping in the line of fire.

  5. Tony Visconti:

    When he put out albums like Heroes and Low, no one was doing anything like that, and then he gave birth to the New Romantic scene. He's a genre-breaker, and I can't wait for the ? imitation albums to start coming out.

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