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[zhahn-ruh; French zhahn-ruh] /ˈʒɑn rə; French ˈʒɑ̃ rə/

noun, plural genres
[zhahn-ruh z; French zhahn-ruh] /ˈʒɑn rəz; French ˈʒɑ̃ rə/ (Show IPA)
a 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.

genus; kind; sort; style.
Fine Arts. of or relating to genre.
of or relating to a distinctive literary type.

a category of painting in which domestic scenes or incidents from everyday life are depicted

1770, as a French word in English (nativized from c.1840), from French genre “kind, sort, style” (see gender). Used especially in French for “independent style.” Of painting, “depicting scenes of ordinary life” (as compared to “landscape,” “historical,” etc.) from 1849.
genre [(zhahn-ruh)]

The kind or type of a work of art, from the French, meaning “kind” or “genus.” Literary genres include the novel and the sonnet. Musical genres include the concerto and the symphony. Film genres include Westerns and horror movies.


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