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


  1. genrenoun

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

  2. 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

  2. Etymology: [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.]

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

  3. Green

  4. neger

  5. reneg

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  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. 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.

  2. Rory Bruer:

    There is so much love for this film, it starts with the Kendricks. They're visionaries in this genre.

  3. Paul Dergarabedian:

    It’s a delayed start to a summer that’s been a long time coming. To have late June be ostensibly the start of summer is unusual, but better late than never, a big Fourth of July weekend is coming up, with virtually every genre represented, and a week later we have 'Black Widow,' so we’re on the road to recovery.

  4. Will Partin:

    People play Fortnite partly because their friends are on Fortnite, the best-case scenario for the Apex Legends [ ESPN ] event is that it exposes the game to a lot of people who haven't tried the battle royale genre yet.

  5. Richard Burr:

    I accept that there is some preliminary activity that suggests that Some Kremlin-linked actors might try again, it wouldn't surprise me if Russia tries something again of the same general genre before.

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