What does genre mean?

Definitions for genre
ˈʒɑn rə; Fr. ˈʒɑ̃ rəgenre

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word genre.

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.

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

Wikipedia

  1. Genre

    Genre (from French genre 'kind, or sort') is any form or type of communication in any mode (written, spoken, digital, artistic, etc.) with socially-agreed-upon conventions developed over time. In popular usage, it normally describes a category of literature, music, or other forms of art or entertainment, whether written or spoken, audio or visual, based on some set of stylistic criteria, yet genres can be aesthetic, rhetorical, communicative, or functional. Genres form by conventions that change over time as cultures invent new genres and discontinue the use of old ones. Often, works fit into multiple genres by way of borrowing and recombining these conventions. Stand-alone texts, works, or pieces of communication may have individual styles, but genres are amalgams of these texts based on agreed-upon or socially inferred conventions. Some genres may have rigid, strictly adhered-to guidelines, while others may show great flexibility. Genre began as an absolute classification system for ancient Greek literature, as set out in Aristotle's Poetics. For Aristotle, poetry (odes, epics, etc.), prose, and performance each had specific design features that supported appropriate content of each genre. Speech patterns for comedy would not be appropriate for tragedy, for example, and even actors were restricted to their genre under the assumption that a type of person could tell one type of story best. Genres proliferate and develop beyond Aristotle’s classifications in response to changes in audiences and creators. Genre has become a dynamic tool to help the public make sense out of unpredictability through artistic expression. Given that art is often a response to a social state, in that people write, paint, sing, dance, and otherwise produce art about what they know about, the use of genre as a tool must be able to adapt to changing meanings. Musician Ezra LaFleur argues that discussion of genre should draw from Ludwig Wittgenstein's idea of family resemblance. Genres are helpful labels for communicating but do not necessarily have a single attribute that is the essence of the genre.

ChatGPT

  1. genre

    Genre refers to a category or classification of literary, artistic, musical, or other creative works, characterized by shared elements, themes, styles, or subject matter. It allows for the categorization and identification of works based on their distinctive characteristics, enabling readers, viewers, or listeners to have certain expectations regarding the content and form of a particular type of work. Genres can be found in various fields such as literature, film, music, visual arts, and video games.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Genrenoun

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

  2. Etymology: [F. See Gender.]

Wikidata

  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  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. GENRE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Genre is ranked #124548 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Genre surname appeared 138 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Genre.

    95.6% or 132 total occurrences were White.

Anagrams for genre »

  1. regen

  2. green

  3. Green

  4. neger

  5. reneg

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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. Zak Shaikh:

    Reality programming has been a key part of broadcast and basic cable for years. It was only a matter of time before Netflix went after the genre, in some ways, the question should be what genres are left for them to enter ?

  2. Denise Richards:

    Im just so happy that I can say that I was a part of a genre that opened up doors for Black ensemble reality shows to step up and be a part of what we all now love so much: reality TV.

  3. Kwame Safo:

    Homophobia, in a mainstream sense, as a barrier to the commercial viability of a sound has impacted house probably greater than any other music genre because a lot of the mainstream music genres are selling something, they're selling an image to mainstream audiences.

  4. 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.

  5. Del Toro:

    I made it a point to make every man in the movie useless. Normally in gothic romance you end with (the male hero) carrying the girl without a shirt and rescuing her from imminent danger, i wanted to sort of actualize the genre a little bit and make the female roles the central roles.

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