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