Genre

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Genre Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    genre n
  1. 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 Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Genre \Gen"re\, n. 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. --Saintsbury. 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.
Genre Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Genre \Genre\ (zh[aum]N"r'), n. [F. See Gender.] (Fine Arts) A style of painting, sculpture, or other imitative art, which illustrates everyday life and manners.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Genre'


Genre (pronounced /ˈʒɑːnrə/, also /ˈdʒɑːnrə/; from French, genre French pronunciation: , "kind" or "sort", from Latin: genus (stem gener-), Greek: genos, γένος) is the term for any category of literature as well as various other forms of art or culture, e.g., music, based on some loose set of stylistic criteria. Genres are formed by conventions that change over time as new genres are invented and the use of old ones are discontinued. Often, works fit into multiple genres by way of borrowing and recombining these conventions.

While the scope of the word "genre" is commonly confined to art and culture, it also defines individuals' interactions with and within their environments. In order to be recognized as genre these interactions and environments must be recurring.

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