Origin of mainstream

First recorded in 1660–70; main1 + stream
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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
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Culture 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.”

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