) KEY NOUN:
- A type or class: "Emaciated famine victims ... on television focused a new genre of attention on the continent" (Helen Kitchen).
- A category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, marked by a distinctive style, form, or content: "his six String Quartets ... the most important works in the genre since Beethoven's" (Time).
- A realistic style of painting that depicts scenes from everyday life.
French, from Old French, kind
, from Latin genus, gener-
; see gen-
in Indo-European roots