music genre

Definitions of music genre
  1. noun
    an expressive style of music
    synonyms: genre, musical genre, musical style
    see moresee less
    show 7 examples...
    hide 7 examples...
    (Judaism) a chant of praise (Psalms 113 through 118) used at Passover and Shabuoth and Sukkoth and Hanukkah and Rosh Hodesh
    Hare Krishna
    a chant to the Hindu god Krishna
    Dies Irae
    the first words of a medieval Latin hymn describing the Last Judgment (literally `day of wrath')
    a revolutionary socialist anthem
    Te Deum
    an ancient liturgical hymn
    an oratorio composed by Handel in 1742
    (Luke) the canticle of the Virgin Mary (from Luke 1:46 beginning `Magnificat anima mea Dominum')
    show 33 types...
    hide 33 types...
    African-American music, black music
    music created by African-American musicians; early forms were songs that had a melodic line and a strong rhythmic beat with repeated choruses
    classical, classical music, serious music
    traditional genre of music conforming to an established form and appealing to critical interest and developed musical taste
    church music, religious music
    genre of music composed for performance as part of religious ceremonies
    march, marching music
    genre of music written for marching
    popular music, popular music genre
    any genre of music having wide appeal (but usually only for a short time)
    chamber music
    serious music performed by a small group of musicians
    a drama set to music; consists of singing with orchestral accompaniment and an orchestral overture and interludes
    antiphon, antiphony
    a verse or song to be chanted or sung in response
    a musical setting for a Mass
    processional, prosodion
    religious music used in a procession
    antiphonal, antiphonary
    bound collection of antiphons
    religious song
    religious music for singing
    cantata, oratorio
    a musical composition for voices and orchestra based on a religious text
    a composition for orchestra and a soloist
    a musical form consisting of a theme repeated a fifth above or a fourth below its first statement
    rondeau, rondo
    a musical form that is often the last movement of a sonata
    a musical composition of 3 or 4 movements of contrasting forms
    a type of folksong that originated among Black Americans at the beginning of the 20th century; has a melancholy sound from repeated use of blue notes
    martial music, military march, military music
    brisk marching music suitable for troops marching in a military parade
    processional march, recessional march
    a march to be played for processions
    disco, disco music
    popular dance music (especially in the late 1970s); melodic with a regular bass beat; intended mainly for dancing at discotheques
    popular dance music of Brazil; derived from the practices of the macumba religious cult
    pop, pop music
    music of general appeal to teenagers; a bland watered-down version of rock'n'roll with more rhythm and harmony and an emphasis on romantic love
    ethnic music, folk, folk music
    the traditional and typically anonymous music that is an expression of the life of people in a community
    ballroom music, dance music, danceroom music
    a genre of popular music composed for ballroom dancing
    a secular form of gospel that was a major Black musical genre in the 1960s and 1970s
    a genre of popular music that originated in New Orleans around 1900 and developed through increasingly complex styles
    hip-hop, rap, rap music
    genre of African-American music of the 1980s and 1990s in which rhyming lyrics are chanted to a musical accompaniment; several forms of rap have emerged
    R and B, rhythm and blues
    a combination of blues and jazz that was developed in the United States by Black musicians; an important precursor of rock 'n' roll
    a fusion of black music and country music that was popular in the 1950s; sometimes described as blues with a country beat
    rock, rock 'n' roll, rock and roll, rock music, rock'n'roll, rock-and-roll
    a genre of popular music originating in the 1950s; a blend of black rhythm-and-blues with white country-and-western
    popular music originating in the West Indies; repetitive bass riffs and regular chords played on the off beat by a guitar
    a style of popular music in the 1950s; based on American folk music and played on guitars and improvised percussion instruments
    type of:
    an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
    expressive style, style
    a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period
Word Family

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week