What does mainstream mean?

Definitions for mainstreamˈmeɪnˌstrim

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mainstream(noun)

    the prevailing current of thought

    "his thinking was in the American mainstream"

GCIDE

  1. mainstream(n.)

    The prevailing opinion or practise; as, the doctor avoided using therapies outside the mainstream of modern medical practice.

Wiktionary

  1. mainstream(Noun)

    That which is common; the norm.

    His ideas were well outside the mainstream, but he presented them intelligently, and we were impressed if not convinced.

  2. mainstream(Verb)

    To educate (a disabled student) together with non-disabled students.

    Mainstreaming has become more common in recent years, as studies have shown that many mainstreamed students with mild learning disabilities learn better than their non-mainstreamed counterparts.

  3. mainstream(Verb)

    To popularize, to normalize, to render mainstream.

  4. mainstream(Adjective)

    Purchased, used or accepted broadly rather than by a tiny fraction of population or market; common, usual or conventional.

    They often carry stories you won't find in the mainstream media.

Freebase

  1. Mainstream

    Mainstream is the common current thought of the majority. However, the mainstream is far from cohesive; rather the concept is often considered a cultural construct. The mainstream includes all popular culture and media culture, typically disseminated by mass media. The opposite of the mainstream are subcultures, countercultures, cult followings, and genre. Additionally, mainstream is sometimes a codeword used for an actual ethnocentric or hegemonic subculture point of view, especially when delivered in a culture war speech. It is often used as a pejorative term by subcultures who view ostensibly mainstream culture as not only exclusive but artistically and aesthetically inferior. In the United States, mainline churches are sometimes referred to synonymously as "mainstream." Also known as "straight" and "straights" for individuals.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mainstream in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mainstream in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Aemilia Scott:

    I don't think I've ever seen a better argument for feminism on mainstream television.

  2. Bernie Sanders:

    I don't think we are out of the mainstream. I think that what we have noticed is that the mainstream has been ignored for a long time.

  3. Bobbie Kilberg:

    It’s become exceptionally clear that it is time for mainstream Republicans to coalesce around one mainstream candidate they can support and who can win elections, there’s a sense of urgency here that the window will close shortly.

  4. Tony Abbott:

    This was the act of someone who was way beyond any mainstream, any mainstream, and has been rightly, absolutely repudiated by all the communities of Australia, we want to know why he wasn't being monitored, given his history of violence, his history of mental instability, and his history of infatuation with extremism.

  5. Tony Abbott:

    This was the act of someone who was way beyond any mainstream, any mainstream, and has been rightly, absolutely repudiated by all the communities of Australia, we want to know why Man Haron Monis wasn't being monitored, given Man Haron Monis history of violence, Man Haron Monis history of mental instability, and Man Haron Monis history of infatuation with extremism.

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Translations for mainstream

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • Mainstream, HauptrichtungGerman
  • ĉefstilaEsperanto
  • cotidiano, común y corriente, aceptado, normal, convencional, tipicoSpanish
  • valtavirta-, valtavirtaFinnish
  • courant principal, commercialFrench
  • príomhshrutha, lárshruthaIrish
  • corrente principaleItalian
  • 主流Japanese
  • convencionalPortuguese
  • мейнстрим, основной, мейнстримовый, магистральный, основное направление, мейнстримныйRussian
  • основний напрямокUkrainian

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