Meaning of genre in English:


Pronunciation /ˈʒɒ̃rə/ /ˈ(d)ʒɒnrə/

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  • 1A style or category of art, music, or literature.

    ‘the spy thriller is a very masculine genre’
    • ‘the science fiction genre’
    • ‘He was a pioneer in various genres including satire, literary criticism, and drama.’
    • ‘He amassed important examples that hint at diverse tastes for classic genres.’
    • ‘Women also bring to poetry or other genres of literature a whole new area of experience and vision.’
    • ‘Coetzee is capable of handling different genres with an enviable degree of felicity.’
    • ‘Every few years, there is a resurgence of particular genres in the music industry.’
    • ‘All in all, I picked up ten magazines representing a wide base of styles and genres.’
    • ‘Publishers, as with other purveyors of ideas, like their categories, their genres.’
    • ‘Look beyond boundaries and such artificial barriers as nations, styles, and genres.’
    • ‘Not just local music but all genres of music are played on our national instrument.’
    • ‘This is a critical function that for me is missing from the more urban genres of music.’
    • ‘Yet research can apply to all creative genres and so we should develop a more inclusive term.’
    • ‘Among the genres to become established north and south of the Alps was portrait painting.’
    • ‘By the late '80s I'd dare say that the whole slasher film genre had pretty much burned itself out.’
    • ‘Today, there are many artists out there trying to combine the different genres of music in the world.’
    • ‘Time will tell if this talented director wishes to reinvigorate and reinvent the horror genre further than this.’
    • ‘The children's literature course focuses heavily on the different literary genres.’
    • ‘I suspect that more modern audiences accustomed to the literary fantasy genre would be more accepting.’
    • ‘Although my undoubted favourite music genre is punk, I do also have a country streak.’
    • ‘Now a major new documentary explores how the genre has developed over the years.’
    • ‘I will also write about the genre of the literature involved and how we understand it.’
    category, class, classification, categorization, group, grouping, bracket, head, heading, list, listing, set
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  • 2as modifier Denoting or relating to a style of painting depicting scenes from ordinary life, typically domestic situations, associated particularly with 17th-century Dutch and Flemish artists.

    ‘genre scenes’
    • ‘I was doing new things and experimenting and trying to erase genre constraints and traditions.’
    • ‘What it concerns itself more with is with replicating the successes of genre titles gone by.’
    • ‘Any movie that does not rest solidly on genre formula requires flawless execution.’
    • ‘He takes his material and wraps it up in as many layers of genre convention as he possibly can.’
    • ‘This was such a poor way to end what was one of the most vibrant and exciting genre series on TV.’
    • ‘It may then be of no surprise that audiences are widely receptive to this new genre paradigm.’
    • ‘It was a great role for a genre film - you don't normally get to do much beyond screaming and running.’
    • ‘It's not been enough to make me buy any of his books because he's very much a genre writer.’
    • ‘Another genre opportunity that is raised and discarded is that of science fiction.’
    • ‘This is something that has never been adequately explained in past genre literature to a full extend.’
    • ‘Accordingly, his Orientalist reputation has rested largely on the drawings and genre scenes.’
    • ‘Genre scenes and landscape played an important role in the 19th century.’
    • ‘Even in Spanish genre painting, however, women rarely appear uncovered.’
    • ‘For the next three years he rivalled David Wilkie as the principal exponent of genre painting.’
    • ‘All the genre paintings evince a personal fascination with their subjects.’
    • ‘We can only guess what the great Dutch genre painters really thought they were doing.’
    • ‘As the 1970s began, Italian genre filmmaking was at its very height.’
    • ‘He laments the passing of the tradition of European genre filmmaking.’
    • ‘The director specializes in quirky, fun genre flicks, and this one continues the trend.’
    • ‘Although it may be smartly scripted and ingeniously plotted, this is unapologetically a genre flick.’


Early 19th century French, literally ‘a kind’ (see gender).