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mainstream

[meyn-streem] /ˈmeɪnˌstrim/
noun
1.
the principal or dominant course, tendency, or trend:
the mainstream of American culture.
2.
a river having tributaries.
3.
regular school classes or regular schools:
keeping autistic students in the mainstream.
adjective
4.
belonging to or characteristic of a principal, dominant, or widely accepted group, movement, style, etc.: mainstream Republicans; a mainstream artist;
mainstream media.
5.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of jazz falling historically between Dixieland and modern jazz; specifically, swing music.
Compare traditional (def 4).
verb (used with object)
6.
to send into the mainstream; cause to join the main force, group, etc.:
to mainstream young people into the labor force.
7.
to place (students with disabilities) in regular school classes.
verb (used without object)
8.
to join or be placed in the mainstream.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; main1 + stream
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British Dictionary definitions for main stream media

mainstream

/ˈmeɪnˌstriːm/
noun
1.
  1. the main current (of a river, cultural trend, etc): in the mainstream of modern literature
  2. (as modifier): mainstream politics
adjective
2.
of or relating to the style of jazz that lies between the traditional and the modern
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Word Origin and History for main stream media

mainstream

n.

also main-stream, main stream, "principal current of a river," 1660s, from main (adj.) + stream (n.); hence, "prevailing direction in opinion, popular taste, etc.," a figurative use first attested in Carlyle (1831). Mainstream media attested by 1980 in language of U.S. leftists critical of coverage of national affairs.

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main stream media in Culture

mainstream definition


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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Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for main stream media

mainstream

adjective

Conventional; materialistic: It's a mainstream movie; don't waste your time (1980s+ Students)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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