- The definition of mainstream is something considered customary or acceptable by a majority of people.
Ideas that are in accordance with commonly held beliefs in a society are an example of ideas that would be described as mainstream.
- Mainstream is defined as the popularly accepted trends, ideas, principles and values that are accepted by the majority of people.
The collective body of beliefs of the U.S. citizens are an example of the American mainstream.
- the middle of a stream, where the current is strongest
- the part of something considered to be the most active, productive, lively, busy, etc.: the mainstream of life
- a major or prevailing trend, as of thought, action, literature, or music
- Jazz a style of playing that evolved in the 1950s, based on rhythmic and harmonic elements of swing modified slightly by those of bop
- to cause to undergo mainstreaming
- to bring into the mainstream, as of employment, the economy, or politics
transitive verbmain·streamed, main·stream·ing, main·streams
- To integrate (a student with special needs) into regular school classes.
- To incorporate into a prevailing group.
(comparative more mainstream, superlative most mainstream)
- Used or accepted broadly rather than by a tiny fraction of a population or market.
- They often carry stories you won't find in the mainstream media.
(third-person singular simple present mainstreams, present participle mainstreaming, simple past and past participle mainstreamed)
- To educate (a disabled student) together with non-disabled students.
- Mainstreaming has become more common in recent years, as studies have shown that many mainstreamed students with mild learning disabilities learn better than their non-mainstreamed counterparts.
- To popularize, to normalize, to render mainstream.