From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
      [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

   2. (Fine Arts) A style of painting, sculpture, or other
      imitative art, which illustrates everyday life and
      [1913 Webster]
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