WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
gen•re /ˈʒɑnrə/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]

    Literaturea class or category of art, music, or writing in which objects produced have a consistent form, content, or technique.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
gen•re  (zhänrə; Fr. zhänrə), 
n., pl. -res (-rəz; Fr. -rə), 

  • Literaturea class or category of artistic endeavor having a particular form, content, technique, or the like:the genre of epic poetry; the genre of symphonic music.
  • [Fine Arts.]
    • paintings in which scenes of everyday life form the subject matter.
    • a realistic style of painting using such subject matter.
  • genus;

  • adj. 
  • Fine Art[Fine Arts.]of or pertaining to genre.
  • Literatureof or pertaining to a distinctive literary type.
  • Etymology:
    • French: kind, sort; see gender1
    • 1760–70

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    genre /ˈʒɑːnrə/ n
    1. kind, category, or sort, esp of literary or artistic work
    2. (as modifier): genre fiction
    3. a category of painting in which domestic scenes or incidents from everyday life are depicted
    Etymology: 19th Century: from French, from Old French gendre; see gender

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