[mid-l-uh v-thuh-rohd]


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.


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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Examples from the Web for middle-of-the-road

Contemporary Examples of middle-of-the-road

Historical Examples of middle-of-the-road

  • For in 1912 Wilson had been in effect the middle-of-the-road candidate, the conservative liberal.

    Woodrow Wilson's Administration and Achievements

    Frank B. Lord and James William Bryan

  • Present day chemists would acquiesce in this statement after reading Mitchill's "middle-of-the-road" arguments.

    Priestley in America

    Edgar F. Smith

  • Fusion controlled the convention, voting down the "Middle-of-the-Road" group that adhered to independence.

    The New Nation

    Frederic L. Paxson

British Dictionary definitions for middle-of-the-road



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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