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gen·re

 (zhän′rə)
n.
1.
a. A category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, marked by a distinctive style, form, or content: "his six String Quartets ... the most important works in the genre since Beethoven's" (Time).
b. A realistic style of painting that depicts scenes from everyday life.
2. A type or class: "Emaciated famine victims ... on television focused a new genre of attention on the continent" (Helen Kitchen).

[French, from Old French, kind, from Latin genus, gener-; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

genre

(ˈʒɑːnrə)
n
1.
a. kind, category, or sort, esp of literary or artistic work
b. (as modifier): genre fiction.
2. (Art Terms)
a. a category of painting in which domestic scenes or incidents from everyday life are depicted
b. as modifier: genre painting.
[C19: from French, from Old French gendre; see gender]

gen•re

(ˈʒɑn rə; Fr. ˈʒɑ̃ rə)

n., pl. -res (-rəz; Fr. -rə),
adj. n.
1. a class or category of artistic endeavor having a particular form, content, technique, or the like.
2. painting in which scenes of everyday life form the subject matter.
3. kind; sort; style.
adj.
4. of or pertaining to genre.
[1760–70; < French: kind, sort]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.genre - a kind of literary or artistic work
kind, sort, form, variety - a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?"
2.genre - a style of expressing yourself in writing
drama - the literary genre of works intended for the theater
prose - ordinary writing as distinguished from verse
expressive style, style - a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period; "all the reporters were expected to adopt the style of the newspaper"
form - an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse; "the essay was in the form of a dialogue"; "he first sketches the plot in outline form"
poesy, poetry, verse - literature in metrical form
3.genre - an expressive style of musicgenre - an expressive style of music  
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
African-American music, black music - music created by African-American musicians; early forms were songs that had a melodic line and a strong rhythmic beat with repeated choruses
classical, classical music, serious music - traditional genre of music conforming to an established form and appealing to critical interest and developed musical taste
crossover - the appropriation of a new style (especially in popular music) by combining elements of different genres in order to appeal to a wider audience; "a jazz-classical crossover album"
church music, religious music - genre of music composed for performance as part of religious ceremonies
marching music, march - genre of music written for marching; "Sousa wrote the best marches"
popular music, popular music genre - any genre of music having wide appeal (but usually only for a short time)
expressive style, style - a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period; "all the reporters were expected to adopt the style of the newspaper"
4.genre - a class of art (or artistic endeavor) having a characteristic form or technique
abstract art, abstractionism - an abstract genre of art; artistic content depends on internal form rather than pictorial representation
art, fine art - the products of human creativity; works of art collectively; "an art exhibition"; "a fine collection of art"
chinoiserie - a style in art reflecting Chinese influence; elaborately decorated and intricately patterned
folk art - genre of art of unknown origin that reflects traditional values of a society
genre painting - a genre depicting everyday life
landscape painting, landscape - a genre of art dealing with the depiction of natural scenery
magic realism - a literary or artistic genre in which realistic narrative or meticulously realistic painting are combined with surreal elements of fantasy or dreams
modernism - genre of art and literature that makes a self-conscious break with previous genres
naive art, outsider art, primitive art, self-taught art, vernacular art - a genre of art and outdoor constructions made by untrained artists who do not recognize themselves as artists
pointillism - a genre of painting characterized by the application of paint in dots and small strokes; developed by Georges Seurat and his followers in late 19th century France
postmodernism - genre of art and literature and especially architecture in reaction against principles and practices of established modernism
primitivism - a genre characteristic of (or imitative of) primitive artists or children
synthetism - a genre of French painting characterized by bright flat shapes and symbolic treatments of abstract ideas

genre

noun type, group, school, form, order, sort, kind, class, style, character, fashion, brand, species, category, stamp, classification, genus, subdivision his love of films and novels in the horror genre
Translations

genre

[ʒɑ̃ːnr] Ngénero m

genre

[ˈʒɒnrə] ngenre m

genre

nGenre nt (geh), → Gattung f; (Art: also genre painting) → Genremalerei f

genre

[ˈʒɑ̃ːnrə] n (frm) → genere m
References in classic literature ?
Moreover, I had always drawn sharp distinctions between a game which is de mauvais genre and a game which is permissible to a decent man.
It was recognized that a young woman who had taken lessons from Servin was capable of judging the paintings of the Musee conclusively, of making a striking portrait, copying an ancient master, or painting a genre picture.
If they continued to sing like their great predecessor of romantic themes, they were drawn as by a kind of magnetic attraction into the Homeric style and manner of treatment, and became mere echoes of the Homeric voice: in a word, Homer had so completely exhausted the epic genre, that after him further efforts were doomed to be merely conventional.
His clothes were new and the indescribable smartness of their cut, a genre which had never been obtruded on her notice before, astonished Mrs.
Warm up to your favorite genre with the company's first autumn releases.
The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Blends is a fine compendium of titles that don't neatly fit into a given 'genre' box, and offers a collection of hybrid writings that take typical approaches and mix them together.
Un seminaire international intitule [beaucoup moins que] l'economie au regard du genre [beaucoup plus grand que] sera organise a Alger du 11 au 13 du mois en cours, a-t-on appris aupres de la chargee de la communication du Cread (Centre de recherche en economie pour le developpement).
Although separately authored, each chapter follows a similar structure that reviews the history of the genre's evolution; discusses recurrent genre typologies, themes, and theories; examines the genre's relevant iconography; conducts an in-depth reading of exemplary representatives of the genre (sometimes just a single example); and presents questions for classroom discussion.
THE urban cool Saif Ali Khan will be back in the genre of romantic comedies with Cocktail.
However, while Cherry focuses on more recent trends in the horror film genre at the expense of canonical eras, she does offer a generally satisfying review of the cultural significations and academic reception of an erstwhile genre that remains as popular today as ever.
Thomson says, "It is often difficult to pin-point the beginning of a genre to a single year, so we have placed the birth of each genre within five-year periods.
David Duff, Romanticism and fhe Uses of Genre (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)