Genre vs Category - What's the difference?

genre | category |


As nouns the difference between genre and category

is that genre is a kind; a stylistic category or sort, especially of literature or other artworks while category is a group, often named or numbered, to which items are assigned based on similarity or defined criteria.

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genre

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A kind; a stylistic category or sort, especially of literature or other artworks.
  • The still-life has been a popular genre in painting since the 17th century.
    The computer game Half-Life redefined the first-person shooter genre .

    Synonyms

    * kind * type * class * See also

    Derived terms

    * subgenre * literary genre * film genre * dramatic genre * theatrical genre

    Anagrams

    * * * ----

    category

    Noun

    (categories)
  • A group, often named or numbered, to which items are assigned based on similarity or defined criteria.
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  • The traditional way of describing the similarities and differences between constituents is to say that they belong to categories'' of various types. Thus, words like ''boy'', ''girl'', ''man'', ''woman'', etc. are traditionally said to belong to the category''' of Nouns, whereas words like ''a'', ''the'', ''this'', and ''that'' are traditionally said to belong to the ' category of Determiners.
    This steep and dangerous climb belongs to the most difficult category .
    I wouldn't put this book in the same category as the author's first novel.
  • (mathematics) A collection of objects, together with a transitively closed collection of composable arrows between them, such that every object has an identity arrow, and such that arrow composition is associative.
  • One well-known category has sets as objects and functions as arrows.
    Just as a monoid consists of an underlying set with a binary operation "on top of it" which is closed, associative and with an identity, a category consists of an underlying digraph with an arrow composition operation "on top of it" which is transitively closed, associative, and with an identity at each object. In fact, a category's composition operation, when restricted to a single one of its objects, turns that object's set of arrows (which would all be loops) into a monoid.

    Synonyms

    * (group to which items are assigned) class, family, genus, group, kingdom, order, phylum, race, tribe, type * See also

    Derived terms

    * category mistake * category theory * conceptual category * perceptual category * subcategory * supercategory