non·​main·​stream ˌnän-ˈmān-ˌstrēm How to pronounce nonmainstream (audio)
: not having, reflecting, or being compatible with the prevailing attitudes and values of a society or group : not belonging to the mainstream
nonmainstream values
nonmainstream groups
nonmainstream music/literature

Examples of nonmainstream in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And when the filibuster threatened to block Gorsuch—that is, when it was poised to accomplish its alleged purpose of thwarting nonmainstream nominees—Republicans killed it. Mark Joseph Stern, Slate Magazine, 7 Apr. 2017 Assaults against Western targets, churches and nonmainstream Islamic groups have preoccupied Indonesian security agencies for the past 15 years. Thomas Fuller, New York Times, 14 Jan. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonmainstream was in 1960

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“Nonmainstream.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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