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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
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