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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Familiarity with many different styles and genres is now encouraged.
▪ Everyone was in such different genres of music.
▪ The result is a range of different genres of literary criticism and literary theory, to some extent distinguished by register.
▪ By the 1850s the tradition had declined, so that Baudelaire was seeking to give new life to a decayed literary genre.
▪ Evidence suggests that some teachers are least happy about teaching poetry to this age group, in comparison with the other main literary genres.
▪ A programme of jazz and classical music, showing the saxophone as an instrument of both musical genres.
▪ Younger audiences are becoming increasingly interested in bands of this musical grab-bag genre, and not only as a retro fad.
▪ It was a great way to be eased into a new genre.
▪ And the new genre of populist politicians will have to deliver far more than free elections.
▪ Dark Inheritance is Elaine Feinstein's first venture into a new genre: the literary thriller.
▪ The level of difficulty is high, especially for those new to the genre.
▪ Writing about slum life for middle- and upper-class consumption was not a new genre in the 1880s.
▪ Could this be the birth of a new genre?
▪ Applied wholesale to the arts, it added a new genre to the decade.
▪ The novel is not merely one genre among other genres.
▪ It gets on poorly with other genres.
▪ Pindar wrote his elaborate choral odes also in many other genres, but we have only fragments of these.
▪ Evidence suggests that some teachers are least happy about teaching poetry to this age group, in comparison with the other main literary genres.
▪ For such a theory has at its heart an object of study completely different to that which theory treats in other genres.
▪ The first concerns the dominant devices in a particular genre and/or period.
▪ Likewise, some students prefer this writing approach because they can lean on the form and structure of a particular genre.
▪ Happy the students who were inspired to independent judgements by this shrewd praise of a master of his particular genre.
▪ But it became my genre because of John Woo.
▪ Shortly, thereafter, sentimentalism became prominent in other genres.
▪ Italian filmmakers made their own versions of the classic Hollywood genres - the western, the gangster film, the musical.
▪ Science fiction as a genre is relatively new.
▪ This movie is much better than others of the horror genre.
▪ In the eighteenth century the first modern novelists recognized that these genres could be used to tell a story.
▪ The genre is wider and more experimental and now has the element of pastiche.
▪ The comedia lacrimosa is a minor genre.
▪ The more highly constrained and ritualised the genre, the more likely we are to be able to identify norms.
▪ The resulting book falls somewhere between the teen diary / confessional genre and the academic feminist treatise.
▪ Younger audiences are becoming increasingly interested in bands of this musical grab-bag genre, and not only as a retro fad.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Genre \Gen"re\ (zh[aum]N"r'), n. [F. See Gender.]

  1. Kind; genus; class; form; style, esp. in literature.

    French drama was lisping or still inarticulate; the great French genre of the fabliau was hardly born.

    A particular demand . . . that we shall pay special attention to the matter of genres -- that is, to the different forms or categories of literature.
    --W. P. Trent.

  2. (Fine Arts) A style of painting, sculpture, or other imitative art, which illustrates everyday life and manners.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1770, as a French word in English (nativized from c.1840), from French genre "kind, sort, style" (see gender). Used especially in French for "independent style." Of painting, "depicting scenes of ordinary life" (as compared to "landscape," "historical," etc.) from 1849.


n. A kind; a stylistic category or sort, especially of literature or other artworks.

  1. n. a kind of literary or artistic work

  2. a style of expressing yourself in writing [syn: writing style, literary genre]

  3. an expressive style of music [syn: music genre, musical genre, musical style]

  4. a class of art (or artistic endeavor) having a characteristic form or technique

Genre (animated film)

Genre is a 1996 Live-action/animated short film by animator Don Hertzfeldt, his second student film, preceded by Ah, L'Amour (1995).

The 16mm short combines traditional animation, pixilation, and stop-motion animation to present a cartoon rabbit careening through a variety of rapidly changing film genres as his animator struggles to come up with a good idea.

The short is Hertzfeldt's least favorite of his work, but it nevertheless was an animation festival hit that went on to receive 17 awards.

In 1997, it was shown on an episode of MTV's Cartoon Sushi.

Genre (magazine)

Genre magazine was a New York city-based monthly periodical from 1992 to 2009 written for gay men. It was owned by gay press publisher Window Media.


Genre (, or ; from French genre , "kind" or "sort", from Latin genus ( stem gener-), Greek γένος, gés) is any category of literature, music, or other forms of art or entertainment, whether written or spoken, audio or visual, based on some set of stylistic criteria. Genres form by conventions that change over time as new genres are invented and the use of old ones is discontinued. Often, works fit into multiple genres by way of borrowing and recombining these conventions.

Genre began as an absolute classification system for ancient Greek literature. Poetry, prose, and performance each had a specific and calculated style that related to the theme of the story. Speech patterns for comedy would not be appropriate for tragedy, and even actors were restricted to their genre under the assumption that a type of person could tell one type of story best. In later periods genres proliferated and developed in response to changes in audiences and creators. Genre became a dynamic tool to help the public make sense out of unpredictable art. Because art is often a response to a social state, in that people write/paint/sing/dance about what they know about, the use of genre as a tool must be able to adapt to changing meanings.

Genre suffers from the same ills of any classification system. Genre is to be reassessed and scrutinized, and to weigh works on their unique merit. It has been suggested that genres resonate with people because of the familiarity, the shorthand communication, as well as the tendency of genres to shift with public mores and to reflect the zeitgeist. While the genre of storytelling has been relegated as lesser form of art because of the heavily borrowed nature of the conventions, admiration has grown. Proponents argue that the genius of an effective genre piece is in the variation, recombination, and evolution of the codes.

Genre (disambiguation)

Genre is the term for any category of literature or other forms of art or culture.

Genre may also refer to:

  • Music genre, category of musical works with shared characteristics
  • Genre (magazine), an American gay men monthly
  • Genre (animated film), a short film by animator Don Hertzfeldt
  • genre b.goode, an indie record label used by Australian band TISM
  • Genre art, pictorial representations in any of various media that represent scenes or events from everyday life

Usage examples of "genre".

Because the evacuees are attuned to the forms, genres, and in fact the larger aesthetics of television, they experience a lack, a sense of emptiness.

Its Cerberean functions might be set briefly in the context of genre itself and looked at through the lens of metaphor as an alternative mode of definition.

It took a set of truly unique, large magnitude, extraliterary cataclysms to finally kill the whole genre, testament to its strength and its inherent appeal to human nature.

I sang a mishmash of all kinds of songs that I liked, in all sorts of genres.

My parents, by contrast, believed in a God who backed the Democrats in every election and whose pet peeves were brainless evangelism and kitschy art of any genre.

Many newsstand managers have also become pickier, sometimes refusing to display magazines that fall below a certain circulation figure-again, a figure usually higher than that of most genre magazines.

But at the same time the McGill postcard -- and this applies to all other postcards in this genre -- is not intended as pornography but, a subtler thing, as a skit on pornography.

Choice Awards for three different stories in three different magazines in two different genres: mystery and science fiction.

Why, I doubt that even the editors of a genre magazine would publish such drivel!

William Campbell Gault epitomised the professional practitioner of the detective and suspense genre through the middle years of the twentieth century.

Though he watched only research shows with her, when she was busy, he cruised through other genres of shows.

In terms of content alone there are many other genres of manga, including sports manga, romance manga, literary manga, historical and joke manga.

While there is such a thing as erotic manga, there are no established genres devoted specifically to economics or violence.

At the risk of repetition, however, I would like to emphasize that information manga were nothing more than an application of what had already been developed in more established manga genres, both in terms of content and technique.

My favorite authors in all the genres had new books out in 1994, but they seemed to have less spark.