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Definition of the noun mainstream

What does mainstream mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: mainstreams

  1. the prevailing current of thought
    • example: his thinking was in the American mainstream
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic word: thought = the organized beliefs of a period or group or individual

Alternative definition of the noun mainstream


  1. [usually, definite] That which is common; the norm.

Definition of the adjective mainstream

What does mainstream mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more mainstream / mainstreamer |

  1. Purchased, used or accepted broadly rather than by a tiny fraction of population or market; common, usual or conventional.


Mainstream were a British shoegazer band, briefly famous in the late 1990s. They were formed by Mewton, Hartnell and Neill. Later they were joined by Peter Mullaney and later still Mark James Aviss. After performing several successful gigs they attracted label interest. Immediately prior to signing with nude Peter Mullaney, for various reasons departed, later to be replaced with Greg Cook. Signed to Suede's label Nude Records in early 1995 and produced one album in 1998. The band comprised Anthony Neale, James Hartnell, Conrad Mewton, Greg Cook and Mark James Aviss.


  1. "Mainstream" is the third and final studio album released by Lloyd Cole and the Commotions. It was produced by Ian Stanley and released by Capitol Records in the US and Polydor in the UK on 26 October 1987. It contained the hits "From the Hip", "My Bag", and "Jennifer She Said". Although the album reached number nine in the UK, it failed to chart in America and was not embraced by all critics: Mainstream is the only Lloyd Cole and the Commotions release not to sell at least 100,000 copies in the US.
    • released on (28 years ago)
  2. "Mainstream" is the only album of the UK band Quiet Sun. The band split up in 1972, Manzanera to Roxy Music, MacCormick to Matching Mole, Hayward to This Heat and Jarrett began to teach mathematics.
  3. "Mainstream" is a CD released by the Fullerton College Jazz Band in 1994, it was critically acclaimed by Down Beat Magazine being given three and a half stars.
  4. "Mainstream" is a composition.
  5. "Mainstream" is a musical album of Gerry Mulligan.
    • also known as Mainstream/Gerry Mulligan Sextet
    • released on (60 years ago)
  6. "Mainstream" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  7. "Mainstream" is a musical album of Mainstream.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  8. "Mainstream" is a musical album of ChineseBlack.
  9. "Mainstream" is a composition.


"Mainstream" is a book by James Simmons.


  1. Mainstream was a science fiction fanzine edited by Jerry Kaufman and Suzanne Tompkins. It was nominated for the 1991 Hugo Award for Best Fanzine, losing to Lan's Lantern.
  2. Mainstream is a production company.

Phrases with Mainstream

  1. Mainstream America
  2. Mainstream American

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Mainstream

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Google previewUrban Nightscapes (2003)

Youth Cultures, Pleasure Spaces and Corporate Power by Paul Chatterton, Robert Hollands

First, and foremost the commercial mainstream is a place of capital accumulation and only coincidently does it have anything to do with creativity, diversity and access. Hence it is a battleground for profit-hungry entertainment conglomerates ...

Google previewGender, Development and Globalization (2015)

Economics as If All People Mattered by Lourdes Beneria, Günseli Berik, Maria Floro

The choices of each of them underlie the operation of markets, which for the mainstream is the key institution for the promotion of human well-being, understood in terms of consumption of goods and services. The discipline's defense of this ...

Google previewClub Cultures (1996)

Music, Media, and Subcultural Capital by Sarah Thornton

The mainstream is a trope which, once prised open, reveals the complex and cryptic relations between age and the social structure. The mainstream is the entity against which the majority of clubbers define themselves. Can the mainstream be ...

Google previewAmerican Politics Today (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Mainstream is the common current thought of the majority. It includes all popular culture and media culture, typically disseminated by mass media. The opposite of the mainstream are subcultures, countercultures and cult followings.

Google previewArresting Development (2008)

The power of knowledge for social change by Craig Johnson

Attheheartofthis mainstream is a wider trendof positivism, methodological individualism and formal modelling thathascometo dominate Americanpolitical science (a discipline that is home to leading figures in thefield, including Elinor Ostrom, ...

Google previewThrough the Dark Forest (2013)

Transforming Your Life in the Face of Death by Carolyn Conger

The reason energy work has entered the mainstream is that no matter what we believe about it, anecdotal experience has shown that people benefit from receiving it. Whether it's spiritual energy, a balancing of the chakras, or merely a ...

Google previewAmerican Frankenstein (2010)

How The United States Created A Monster! by KS Cramer

The worst part of America's newly found acceptance of minority participation in America's mainstream is the fact that the unprepared African American is being left out and replaced by workers from other nations in productive and meaningful ...

Google previewDictionary of Multicultural Psychology (2004)

Issues, Terms, and Concepts by Lena E. Hall

Mainstream——111 distinctiveness, autonomy, and educational rights (Webster, 1997). The term macroculture is frequently favored over majority or dominant culture. The macroculture in the United States may be described as Anglo- Western ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Baptists (2009)

by William H. Brackney

MAINSTREAM BAPTIST NETWORK 9 361 spiritual decline in the BU, and somewhat as a successor to the Baptist Revival Fellowship, a group of pastors and educators (many of whom were associated with Spurgeon's College) took to ...

Google previewThe SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia (2016)

by Genie Gertz, Patrick Boudreault

Education Programs: K–12 Mainstream Programs Education Programs: K–12 Mainstream Programs Catherine Krammer...

Mainstream. Programs. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) sets forth that a continuum of placement ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Journalism (2009)

by Christopher H. Sterling

Yet research shows that ordinary blog writers rarely challenge mainstream news media's narrow range of topics and sources. In much the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Canadian Social Work (2009)

by Francis J. Turner

ethnocultural communities' services mainstream institutions delivered to each ethnocultural community. As in the past, ethnocultural communities continue to develop social services to meet objectives shared by many community members, ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Performance and Contemporary Theatre (2016)

by Patrice Pavis

MAINSTREAM CORRIENTE (TEATRO, CULTURA), DOMINANTE Mainstream culture is the culture addressed to the general public. This Anglo-American term ' is used for a medium, a TV programme or a cultural product that aims to gain a ...

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Quotes about Mainstream

Democrat leaders are not only out of the American mainstream, but are also out of the Democratic mainstream. (Virginia Foxx)
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Scrabble value of M3A1I1N1S1T1R1E1A1M3

The value of this 10-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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