sub·​genre ˈsəb-ˌzhän-rə How to pronounce subgenre (audio)
variants or less commonly sub-genre
plural subgenres also sub-genres
: a genre that is part of a larger genre
The series is part of the booming "urban fantasy" subgenre, which features supernatural creatures interacting with ordinary humans in a contemporary city.Jennifer Schuessler

Examples of subgenre in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Munro's work defined the Southern Ontario Gothic subgenre, earning her comparisons to William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor, masters of the American Southern Gothic. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 14 May 2024 Latin music’s various subgenres have far more mainstream acceptance in all markets than when our program started, and that’s largely due to the ease in accessing the music via streaming. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, 8 May 2024 Unfortunately, the story of drill is not the innocent tale of another unique subgenre of hip-hop. C. Brandon Ogbunu, WIRED, 6 May 2024 Pizza thrash is now pretty much an established subgenre. Tamlin Magee, SPIN, 22 Apr. 2024 These works follow a boon in the Black satire subgenre — robust years that gave us films like Jordan Peele’s Get Out and Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You, as well as television shows like Donald Glover’s Atlanta. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Mar. 2024 His comment section is filled with fans hoping that the music style, a subgenre of banda, the famous Mexican ensemble style, becomes popular again. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 20 Mar. 2024 There’s a strong tendency in the unexpected pregnancy subgenre to favor a surprise twist decision, however the character has initially been portrayed, to proceed with the pregnancy. Catherine Bray, Variety, 19 Mar. 2024 The subgenre likewise has its own awards show: the Texas Regional Radio Report (T3R) Awards, named after the publication that produces them. Tom Roland, Billboard, 5 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subgenre was in 1903

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“Subgenre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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