Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a class of art (or artistic endeavor) having a characteristic form or technique
  2. (noun, cognition) a kind of literary or artistic work
  3. (noun, communication) an expressive style of music
  4. (noun, communication) a style of expressing yourself in writing

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Genre

  1. 1770, from Fr. genre "kind, sort, style," from O.Fr. (see gender). Used especially in Fr. for "independent style," as compared to "landscape, historical," etc. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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