Definition of genre in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈ(d)ʒɒnrə//ˈʒɒ̃rə/


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

    ‘the spy thriller is a very masculine genre’
    ‘the science fiction genre’
    • ‘Time will tell if this talented director wishes to reinvigorate and reinvent the horror genre further than this.’
    • ‘I will also write about the genre of the literature involved and how we understand it.’
    • ‘Look beyond boundaries and such artificial barriers as nations, styles, and genres.’
    • ‘Yet research can apply to all creative genres and so we should develop a more inclusive term.’
    • ‘The children's literature course focuses heavily on the different literary genres.’
    • ‘He was a pioneer in various genres including satire, literary criticism, and drama.’
    • ‘I suspect that more modern audiences accustomed to the literary fantasy genre would be more accepting.’
    • ‘Women also bring to poetry or other genres of literature a whole new area of experience and vision.’
    • ‘Not just local music but all genres of music are played on our national instrument.’
    • ‘Coetzee is capable of handling different genres with an enviable degree of felicity.’
    • ‘Among the genres to become established north and south of the Alps was portrait painting.’
    • ‘All in all, I picked up ten magazines representing a wide base of styles and genres.’
    • ‘He amassed important examples that hint at diverse tastes for classic genres.’
    • ‘Today, there are many artists out there trying to combine the different genres of music in the world.’
    • ‘Publishers, as with other purveyors of ideas, like their categories, their genres.’
    • ‘Although my undoubted favourite music genre is punk, I do also have a country streak.’
    • ‘This is a critical function that for me is missing from the more urban genres of music.’
    • ‘By the late '80s I'd dare say that the whole slasher film genre had pretty much burned itself out.’
    • ‘Every few years, there is a resurgence of particular genres in the music industry.’
    • ‘Now a major new documentary explores how the genre has developed over the years.’
    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
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  • 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’
    • ‘This is something that has never been adequately explained in past genre literature to a full extend.’
    • ‘What it concerns itself more with is with replicating the successes of genre titles gone by.’
    • ‘Genre scenes and landscape played an important role in the 19th century.’
    • ‘It was a great role for a genre film - you don't normally get to do much beyond screaming and running.’
    • ‘Accordingly, his Orientalist reputation has rested largely on the drawings and genre scenes.’
    • ‘As the 1970s began, Italian genre filmmaking was at its very height.’
    • ‘It may then be of no surprise that audiences are widely receptive to this new genre paradigm.’
    • ‘For the next three years he rivalled David Wilkie as the principal exponent of genre painting.’
    • ‘He takes his material and wraps it up in as many layers of genre convention as he possibly can.’
    • ‘Any movie that does not rest solidly on genre formula requires flawless execution.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even in Spanish genre painting, however, women rarely appear uncovered.’
    • ‘We can only guess what the great Dutch genre painters really thought they were doing.’
    • ‘Although it may be smartly scripted and ingeniously plotted, this is unapologetically a genre flick.’
    • ‘Another genre opportunity that is raised and discarded is that of science fiction.’
    • ‘This was such a poor way to end what was one of the most vibrant and exciting genre series on TV.’
    • ‘I was doing new things and experimenting and trying to erase genre constraints and traditions.’
    • ‘All the genre paintings evince a personal fascination with their subjects.’
    • ‘It's not been enough to make me buy any of his books because he's very much a genre writer.’


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