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Origin of mainstream

First recorded in 1660–70; main1 + stream
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How to use mainstream in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for mainstream

mainstream
/ (ˈmeɪnˌstriːm) /

noun
  1. the main current (of a river, cultural trend, etc)in the mainstream of modern literature
  2. (as modifier)mainstream politics
adjective
of or relating to the style of jazz that lies between the traditional and the modern
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for mainstream

mainstream

The prevailing current or direction of a movement or influence: “The candidate's speech represented the mainstream thinking on economic policy.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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