easy listening


noun


middle-of-the-road

[mid-l-uh v-thuh-rohd]

adjective

favoring, following, or characterized by an intermediate position between two extremes, especially in politics; moderate.
of, relating to, or describing a type of popular music that avoids extremes of style and is catchy and tuneful enough to have broad appeal.

noun

Also called easy listening. popular music having comparatively conventional, melodic qualities and hence having broad commercial appeal.

Origin of middle-of-the-road

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95
Related formsmid·dle-of-the-road·er, nounmid·dle-of-the-road·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for easy-listening

middle-of-the-road

adjective

not extreme, esp in political views; moderate
of, denoting, or relating to popular music having a wide general appeal
Derived Formsmiddle-of-the-roader, noun
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