Definition of genre in US English:

genre

noun

  • A category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter.

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

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

Pronunciation

genre

/ˈʒɑnrə//ˈZHänrə/