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Related to genre: Genre of music
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).
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),
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]
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|Noun||1.||genre - a kind of literary or artistic work|
|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"
|3.||genre - 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
popular music, popular music genre - any genre of music having wide appeal (but usually only for a short time)
|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
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