American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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. The term is sometimes used in the same sense with reference to sculpture and the drama. In French it is also applied with a descriptive epithet to other kinds of painting, as genre historique, the historical style; genre du paysage, the landscape style. In English writing it is most commonly used in combination as a descriptive term, either with or without a hyphen: as, genre pictures; a genre-painter.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Kind; genus; class; form; style, esp. in literature.
- n. (Fine Arts) A style of painting, sculpture, or other imitative art, which illustrates everyday life and manners.
- 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
- Borrowing from French genre ("kind"), from Latin genus (cognate with Ancient Greek γένος (génos)), from Proto-Indo-European *genes-. Compare gender. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Old French, kind, from Latin genus, gener-; see genə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The great gestures, the large-scale maps, the grand manner are for history and epic, but genre for the novel -- and what _genre_ is so momentous to it as the human?”
“Writers making serious dough in genre is good news for everyone.”
“The traditional meaning of the term genre has been distorted.”
“Exorbitant claims are inherent in another title genre: things that have changed the world.”
“The use of the term genre is difficult as it's less a commercial genre as it is a fan genre coming primarily out of fiction literature gradually expanding into the cinema.”
“LNN: Some of the traits that separate your projects from other short films in the genre is the high production value and the acting.”
“I also think that writers like Christina Dodd and Karen Robards returning to the genre is a very good thing.”
“I think that the puzzle could be clarified if we are absolutely clear about what the genre is here; not "rap" but "rap artists stocked by Tower Records".”
“I'm not used to this genre," she announces before declaring, rightly, that it's the first time the word "genre" has been used in panto.”
“Then I noticed that the genre is also a mirror to better reflect the dark side of human beings.”
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