Definition of mainstream in English:

mainstream

noun

the mainstream
  • 1The ideas, attitudes, or activities that are shared by most people and regarded as normal or conventional.

    ‘they withdrew from the mainstream of European politics’
    • ‘By leaving the GOP, Buchanan marginalized himself from the mainstream of American politics.’
    • ‘We know blogging has hit the mainstream for sure when companies are trying to make a profit on what started as a grass-roots effort.’
    • ‘Prior to independence, tropical forest foragers remained outside the mainstream of society and politics.’
    • ‘Penrose veers into irony in the lengths to which he goes to point out where his ideas deviate from the mainstream.’
    • ‘We predict whether the mainstream will adapt those attitudes or not.’
    • ‘He has a special interest in attempting to convey academic ideas to the mainstream, perhaps through print journalism.’
    • ‘Before computers entered the mainstream, talented programmers were rare.’
    • ‘In fact, Linux is nowhere near the mainstream of computer desktop operating systems.’
    • ‘Crucially, these ideas were not developed in the mainstream of political discourse but on the margins and then popularised.’
    • ‘These attitudes place you outside the mainstream markets we wish to service.’
    • ‘As they point out, the disease of neo-conservatism is more in the mainstream of American politics than many would like to admit.’
    • ‘Education policy often leads the way to integrate new ideas into the mainstream.’
    • ‘Its attitudes to women also place it outside the mainstream.’
    • ‘The overwhelming message carried by the mainstream is that corporate activities are largely benign and certainly not worth systematic investigation.’
    • ‘If you can't, it only indicates the extent to which your views are way out of the mainstream of American politics.’
    • ‘There's a lot of symbiosis between the activists and the mainstream.’
    • ‘The problem is, the ideas push into the mainstream of politics, and here we have a problem.’
    • ‘But this year the list is five years old, and Porter's ideas have joined the mainstream.’
    • ‘I don't think they want a major confrontation when they are desperate to enter the mainstream of politics.’
    • ‘What this means is that only certain people can find a forum for their ideas in the mainstream and media.’
    1. 1.1mass noun Jazz that is neither traditional nor modern, based on the 1930s swing style and consisting especially of solo improvisation on chord sequences.
      ‘it was a form of jazz that had strayed away from the mainstream’
      • ‘The oldest jazz club in the world is Village Vanguard cellar jazz club, opened in New York City, USA, in 1935, and host to mainstream jazz concerts ever since.’
      • ‘I play the piano, so it is natural for me to think ‘harmonically’ a lot of the time (one can hear harmonies instantly on a piano; also mainstream jazz is extremely harmony driven).’
      • ‘‘The music is mostly traditional jazz, Dixieland and mainstream jazz,’ said Mr Frank, a double-bass player who took to the stage himself with his Dixieland All Stars.’
      • ‘KSDS is a 24-hour mainstream jazz radio station, licensed to the San Diego Community College District.’
      • ‘For, to judge by the number and amount of record sales of older jazz, there are plenty of lovers of mainstream jazz out there.’
      • ‘The music I heard in my house was my parents' music, which was swing music, jazz, very mainstream jazz nothing esoteric - the usual people like Ella Fitzgerald, [and] Judy Garland.’
      • ‘These harmonies, however, fit into the jazz idiom just as bop made its way into the mainstream, enriching both.’
      • ‘Almost all mainstream jazz is in 4/4-four strums to the bar.’
      • ‘But in mainstream jazz, the 7th chord is king - major 7ths for I or tonic chords, dominant 7ths for V chords, minor 7ths for II and VI chords.’
      • ‘The CD comprises 13 tunes from mainstream through Cape jazz and goema to hip-hop.’
      • ‘Sure, this album is miles away from free jazz, and I apologize for it, but I also have my sentimental side which appreciates top level mainstream jazz.’
      • ‘Contemporary mainstream jazz artists use, for the most part, Hard Bop instrumentation and musical forms.’
      • ‘Shivava will host traditional jazz music and the Bassline will showcase mainstream jazz.’
      • ‘Despite the fact that the soloists just use these two chords, the improvisations are melodically and rhythmically rich - a signpost of contemporary mainstream jazz.’

adjective

  • 1Belonging to or characteristic of the mainstream.

    ‘mainstream pop music’
    • ‘Traditional French staples, including baguettes, are mainstream in the cities.’
    • ‘But Boyle could never get enthused about mainstream politics.’
    • ‘Corn argues that much of the fault belongs to the mainstream media, which is loath to call any president a liar.’
    • ‘But when mainstream, everyday Americans became opposed to the Vietnam War, it stopped.’
    • ‘The things in this bill are absolutely mainstream in modern transport planning.’
    • ‘It's clear that working people no longer have a voice in mainstream politics in this country.’
    • ‘You will almost never hear any American political figure described by the mainstream media as belonging the left wing.’
    • ‘And this is a play, daring though it may be, that belongs in a mainstream house.’
    • ‘Both came from mainstream ranching traditions and initially recoiled at the new philosophy.’
    • ‘You want your technology to become mainstream as fast as possible so that you can, in effect, share development costs.’
    • ‘But they want to lead people back to the passivity and compromise of mainstream politics.’
    • ‘You're certainly not an indie or alternative artist, but you're not completely about to take over mainstream music either.’
    • ‘Taylor doesn't expect blue laser technology to become mainstream until around 2008.’
    • ‘As the 70s dawned, mainstream black music made those sentiments explicit.’
    • ‘In short, modern mainstream economics is in a state of total confusion.’
    • ‘In today's age, many of those beliefs are in some ways formed or influenced via the mainstream media.’
    • ‘In online interviews, some point to a feeling of alienation from mainstream organized religion.’
    • ‘Analysts and IT boffins are confident that the technology is going to be mainstream before very long.’
    • ‘The recent European elections revealed a deep disaffection with mainstream politics.’
    • ‘It has, therefore, created its own icons, which apparently have to be those good-looking mainstream artists.’
    normal, conventional, ordinary, orthodox, conformist, accepted, established, recognized, common, usual, prevailing, popular
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    1. 1.1 (of a school or class) for pupils without special needs.
      ‘the state government has supported greater integration of students with disabilities into mainstream schools’
      • ‘But Ms Drown says it would be even more expensive to educate pupils at mainstream schools or at schools outside the borough.’
      • ‘The current goal is English dominance sufficient for students to participate in mainstream classes within one year.’
      • ‘Several people feared putting special schools and mainstream schools on one site would lead to bullying of disabled children.’
      • ‘He also blamed a lack of support for difficult pupils remaining in mainstream schools, an inappropriate curriculum and teacher shortages.’
      • ‘Heads are now permitted to exclude difficult pupils from mainstream classes for a maximum of 15 days.’
      • ‘The government has made it clear that it wishes to see more special needs children entering mainstream schools.’
      • ‘All participants were enrolled in ESL classes and spent at least a portion of their school day in mainstream classes.’
      • ‘Their development in English language should be comparable to that of students in mainstream schools.’
      • ‘Borough education chiefs want more integration between mainstream schools and special schools.’
      • ‘Most mainstream schools in the UK follow a national curriculum, teaching A Levels and the relatively new AS Level.’
      • ‘She recommended our son be included within a mainstream school where a pupil had assaulted him.’
      • ‘She's in seventh grade, at a mainstream school that has special education classes.’
      • ‘Again, the guidance urges the quick re-integration of pupils into mainstream schools.’
      • ‘The aim of the project was to learn from the experiences of pupils in both special educational and mainstream schools.’
      • ‘The decision not to educate a pupil in a mainstream school - against their parent's wishes - should not be taken lightly.’
      • ‘This plan is for a mainstream school for 210 pupils and a nursery school.’
      • ‘ELL students do not clump in the Enrichment Academy classes nearly as much as they might in a mainstream class.’
      • ‘Yet, as female students move into mainstream classes, their peer groups often change.’
      • ‘The reorganisation includes an increased emphasis on children with less severe special needs pupils going into mainstream schools.’
      • ‘What's missing in this class, compared to a class in a mainstream school, is any sense of interaction between the children.’

verb

[with object]
  • Bring into the mainstream.

    ‘vegetarianism has been mainstreamed’
    • ‘The strategies outlined by Mary Robinson, the UNHCHR, are commonly described as mainstreaming human rights.’
    • ‘They are mainstreaming and forming coalitions in countries like Denmark and Italy.’
    • ‘It's a good lesson: if you want to mainstream yourself, you can't do things that make you look like a raving maniac.’
    • ‘The Fair Trade Fiesta helps mark the start of the new phase in mainstreaming Fair Trade in New Zealand.’
    • ‘Lileks suggests that Democrats are mainstreaming the extreme.’
    • ‘Murray Bowen is responsible for mainstreaming family therapy.’
    • ‘I'm sort of mainstreaming myself back into the normal beats of human life.’
    • ‘The shift from WID to GAD then, at least for Peace Corps, meant mainstreaming women's issues.’
    • ‘These are aimed at mainstreaming intercultural education into the entire curriculum and developing strategies to combat racist behaviour.’
    • ‘The award's presenters noted that in a nation known for its heavy dependence on coal, Rizhao represents an inspiring example of the mainstreaming of renewable energy sources.’
    • ‘Similarly, there is a need for mainstreaming considerations of gender, age and occupation in the national nutrition strategy.’
    • ‘He said support groups and agencies have already been mainstreaming in the absence of a national framework.’
    • ‘But because my commitment is to mainstreaming astrology, I think it would be very confusing to the public if I started discussing other techniques.’
    • ‘What would have been considered ‘gay’ before is mainstreaming.’
    • ‘Now, we think mainstreaming the services that are provided will produce a much, much better result.’
    • ‘But he's mainstreaming the fringe while he's at it.’
    • ‘Ever since Napster mainstreamed unauthorized sharing of copyrighted materials, record labels have been singing the blues - and for pretty obvious reasons.’
    • ‘But I don't see how mainstreaming indigenous programs, where mainstream has failed.’
    • ‘The beauty of mainstreaming anything is that anyone who belongs to the community that is being mainstreamed now has more freedom to be exactly who they are.’
    • ‘On the whole, though, the 1950s and 1960s were times of further mainstreaming for the Cajuns.’

Pronunciation

mainstream

/ˈmeɪnstriːm/