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easy listening

noun
  1. middle-of-the-road(def 3).
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middle-of-the-road

[mid-l-uh v-thuh-rohd]
adjective
  1. favoring, following, or characterized by an intermediate position between two extremes, especially in politics; moderate.
  2. 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.
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noun
  1. Also called easy listening. popular music having comparatively conventional, melodic qualities and hence having broad commercial appeal.
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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
  1. not extreme, esp in political views; moderate
  2. of, denoting, or relating to popular music having a wide general appeal
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Derived Formsmiddle-of-the-roader, noun
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