What does genre mean?

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ˈʒɑn rə; Fr. ˈʒɑ̃ rəgenre

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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.

    Etymology: 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

    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, Green

  3. neger

  4. Green

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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. 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.

  2. Kevin Knocke:

    They did a fairly comprehensive job at pulling together all of the relevant game influencers in this genre, this was a really well coordinated poaching of the top influencers the likes of which has not been seen so far in esports.

  3. Sarah Holding:

    Coined by climate activist Dan Bloom to capture an emergent literary genre dealing with life on Earth after it’s been ravaged by climate change, this [cli-fi] is fast becoming the most exciting and challenging subject area driving YA literature.

  4. Chris Pratt:

    The genre is out there, you can put anything in it, whatever you put in it is what they are going to love, and I think they love these people, these characters and I think James( Gunn, director) does a great job of putting together a cast that is exactly right for what it is supposed to be. And it was fun to join that.

  5. Attorney General Bill Barr:

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

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