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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I don't think they want a major confrontation when they are desperate to enter the mainstream of politics.’
    • ‘But this year the list is five years old, and Porter's ideas have joined the mainstream.’
    • ‘Prior to independence, tropical forest foragers remained outside the mainstream of society and politics.’
    • ‘In fact, Linux is nowhere near the mainstream of computer desktop operating systems.’
    • ‘There's a lot of symbiosis between the activists and 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By leaving the GOP, Buchanan marginalized himself from the mainstream of American politics.’
    • ‘The problem is, the ideas push into the mainstream of politics, and here we have a problem.’
    • ‘Its attitudes to women also place it outside the mainstream.’
    • ‘Education policy often leads the way to integrate new ideas into the mainstream.’
    • ‘Before computers entered the mainstream, talented programmers were rare.’
    • ‘Crucially, these ideas were not developed in the mainstream of political discourse but on the margins and then popularised.’
    • ‘As they point out, the disease of neo-conservatism is more in the mainstream of American politics than many would like to admit.’
    • ‘What this means is that only certain people can find a forum for their ideas in the mainstream and media.’
    • ‘These attitudes place you outside the mainstream markets we wish to service.’
    1. 1.1[mass 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’
      • ‘Despite the fact that the soloists just use these two chords, the improvisations are melodically and rhythmically rich - a signpost of contemporary mainstream jazz.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Almost all mainstream jazz is in 4/4-four strums to the bar.’
      • ‘For, to judge by the number and amount of record sales of older jazz, there are plenty of lovers of mainstream jazz out there.’
      • ‘These harmonies, however, fit into the jazz idiom just as bop made its way into the mainstream, enriching both.’
      • ‘Shivava will host traditional jazz music and the Bassline will showcase mainstream jazz.’
      • ‘The CD comprises 13 tunes from mainstream through Cape jazz and goema to hip-hop.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Contemporary mainstream jazz artists use, for the most part, Hard Bop instrumentation and musical forms.’
      • ‘KSDS is a 24-hour mainstream jazz radio station, licensed to the San Diego Community College District.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘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 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.’

adjective

  • 1Belonging to or characteristic of the mainstream:

    ‘mainstream pop music’
    • ‘In today's age, many of those beliefs are in some ways formed or influenced via the mainstream media.’
    • ‘But Boyle could never get enthused about mainstream politics.’
    • ‘But they want to lead people back to the passivity and compromise of mainstream politics.’
    • ‘Corn argues that much of the fault belongs to the mainstream media, which is loath to call any president a liar.’
    • ‘The things in this bill are absolutely mainstream in modern transport planning.’
    • ‘Both came from mainstream ranching traditions and initially recoiled at the new philosophy.’
    • ‘The recent European elections revealed a deep disaffection with mainstream politics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You want your technology to become mainstream as fast as possible so that you can, in effect, share development costs.’
    • ‘It has, therefore, created its own icons, which apparently have to be those good-looking mainstream artists.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And this is a play, daring though it may be, that belongs in a mainstream house.’
    • ‘Traditional French staples, including baguettes, are mainstream in the cities.’
    • ‘As the 70s dawned, mainstream black music made those sentiments explicit.’
    • ‘But when mainstream, everyday Americans became opposed to the Vietnam War, it stopped.’
    • ‘Analysts and IT boffins are confident that the technology is going to be mainstream before very long.’
    • ‘In short, modern mainstream economics is in a state of total confusion.’
    • ‘In online interviews, some point to a feeling of alienation from mainstream organized religion.’
    normal, conventional, ordinary, orthodox, conformist, accepted, established, recognized, common, usual, prevailing, popular
    lamestream
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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’
      • ‘Heads are now permitted to exclude difficult pupils from mainstream classes for a maximum of 15 days.’
      • ‘The reorganisation includes an increased emphasis on children with less severe special needs pupils going into mainstream schools.’
      • ‘Their development in English language should be comparable to that of students in mainstream schools.’
      • ‘All participants were enrolled in ESL classes and spent at least a portion of their school day in mainstream classes.’
      • ‘The current goal is English dominance sufficient for students to participate in mainstream classes within one year.’
      • ‘But Ms Drown says it would be even more expensive to educate pupils at mainstream schools or at schools outside the borough.’
      • ‘The decision not to educate a pupil in a mainstream school - against their parent's wishes - should not be taken lightly.’
      • ‘Most mainstream schools in the UK follow a national curriculum, teaching A Levels and the relatively new AS Level.’
      • ‘The aim of the project was to learn from the experiences of pupils in both special educational and mainstream schools.’
      • ‘She recommended our son be included within a mainstream school where a pupil had assaulted him.’
      • ‘Yet, as female students move into mainstream classes, their peer groups often change.’
      • ‘Several people feared putting special schools and mainstream schools on one site would lead to bullying of disabled children.’
      • ‘She's in seventh grade, at a mainstream school that has special education classes.’
      • ‘The government has made it clear that it wishes to see more special needs children entering mainstream schools.’
      • ‘He also blamed a lack of support for difficult pupils remaining in mainstream schools, an inappropriate curriculum and teacher shortages.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What's missing in this class, compared to a class in a mainstream school, is any sense of interaction between the children.’
      • ‘Again, the guidance urges the quick re-integration of pupils into mainstream schools.’
      • ‘Borough education chiefs want more integration between mainstream schools and special schools.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Bring into the mainstream:

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

Pronunciation

mainstream

/ˈmeɪnstriːm/