noun \ˈzhän-rə, ˈzhäⁿ-; ˈzhäⁿr; ˈjän-rə\

: a particular type or category of literature or art

Full Definition of GENRE

:  a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content
:  kind, sort
:  painting that depicts scenes or events from everyday life usually realistically

Examples of GENRE

  1. This book is a classic of the mystery genre.
  2. <the novel's hero is of a different genre than the traditional kind>
  3. In genre fiction there is an implied contract between writer and reader that justice of a kind will be exacted; good may not always triumph over evil, but the distinction between the two must be honored. —Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books, 14 Aug. 2003

Origin of GENRE

French, from Middle French, kind, gender — more at gender
First Known Use: 1770

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody


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