Meaning of mainstream


Pronunciation: (mān'strēm"), [key]
— n.
  1. the principal or dominant course, tendency, or trend: the mainstream of American culture.
  2. a river having tributaries.
  1. belonging to or characteristic of a principal, dominant, or widely accepted group, movement, style, etc.: mainstream Republicans; a mainstream artist.
  2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of jazz falling historically between Dixieland and modern jazz; specifically, swing music. Cf.(def. 4).
  1. to send into the mainstream; cause to join the main force, group, etc.: to mainstream young people into the labor force.
  2. to place (handicapped students) in regular school classes.
  1. to join or be placed in the mainstream.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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