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Meaning of genre

gen•re

Pronunciation: (zhän'ru Fr. zhän'r&supschwa), [key]
— n., pl. adj. -res
—n.
  1. a class or category of artistic endeavor having a particular form, content, technique, or the like: the genre of epic poetry; the genre of symphonic music.
    1. paintings in which scenes of everyday life form the subject matter.
    2. a realistic style of painting using such subject matter.
  2. genus; kind; sort; style.
—adj.
  1. of or pertaining to genre.
  2. of or pertaining to a distinctive literary type.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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