Definitions for mainstreamˈmeɪnˌstrim

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the principal or dominant course, tendency, or trend.

  2. a river having tributaries.

  3. (adj.)belonging to or characteristic of a principal or widely accepted group, movement, style, etc.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. (v.t.)to send into the mainstream.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. to place in regular school classes:

    to mainstream handicapped children.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Education

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mainstream(noun)

    the prevailing current of thought

    "his thinking was in the American mainstream"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. mainstream(noun)ˈmeɪnˌstrim

    the ideas or ways of doing things used by most people

    the mainstream of popular music; lifestyles that are outside the mainstream; mainstream culture/media


  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.


  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.

Translations for mainstream

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the chief direction or trend of a system of theories, developments etc

the mainstream of traditional art.

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