Definition of genre in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʒɒ̃rə/
Pronunciation: /ˈ(d)ʒɒnrə/


1A style or category of art, music, or literature: the spy thriller is a very masculine genre the science fiction genre
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  • 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.
category, class, classification, categorization, group, grouping, bracket, head, heading, list, listing, set;
type, sort, kind, variety, species, breed, style, brand, make, model, family, school, stamp, cast, ilk, kidney;
division, section, department, compartment
2 [as 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
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  • 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.


Early 19th century: French, literally 'a kind' (see gender).

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