middle-of-the-road

[ mid-l-uhv-thuh-rohd ]
/ ˈmɪd l əv ðəˈroʊd /

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. Abbreviation: MOR

noun

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

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Origin of middle-of-the-road

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95

OTHER WORDS FROM middle-of-the-road

middle-of-the-roader, nounmiddle-of-the-roadism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for middle-of-the-road

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 forms of middle-of-the-road

middle-of-the-roader, noun
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