from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A type or class: "Emaciated famine victims ... on television focused a new genre of attention on the continent” ( Helen Kitchen).
  • n. 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).
  • n. A realistic style of painting that depicts scenes from everyday life.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A kind; a stylistic category or sort, especially of literature or other artworks.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Kind; genus; class; form; style, esp. in literature.
  • n. A style of painting, sculpture, or other imitative art, which illustrates everyday life and manners.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Genus; kind; sort; style.
  • n. In painting, specifically, a representation of some phase of common life, as a domestic interior, a rural or village scene, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a kind of literary or artistic work
  • n. a class of art (or artistic endeavor) having a characteristic form or technique
  • n. a style of expressing yourself in writing
  • n. an expressive style of music


French, from Old French, kind, from Latin genus, gener-; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French genre ("kind"), from Latin genus (cognate with Ancient Greek γένος (génos)), from Proto-Indo-European *genes-. Compare gender. (Wiktionary)



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