Definition of "genre" []

  • A type or class: "Emaciated famine victims ... on television focused a new genre of attention on the continent” ( Helen Kitchen). (noun)
  • 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). (noun)
  • A realistic style of painting that depicts scenes from everyday life. (noun)
  • Kind, category, or sort, esp of literary or artistic work (noun)

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  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A category of painting in which domestic scenes or incidents from everyday life are depicted (noun)
  • As modifier (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "genre" in a sentence
  • "The great gestures, the large-scale maps, the grand manner are for history and epic, but genre for the novel -- and what _genre_ is so momentous to it as the human?"
  • "Writers making serious dough in genre is good news for everyone."
  • "The traditional meaning of the term genre has been distorted."