mainstream etymology

English word mainstream comes from English brook, English main

Detailed word origin of mainstream

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
brook English (eng) (transitive) To bear; endure; support; put up with; tolerate (usually used in the negative, with an abstract noun as object).. (transitive, obsolete) To earn; deserve.. (transitive, obsolete, except in Scots) To use; enjoy; have the full employment of. (Sussex, Kent) A water meadow.. (Sussex, Kent, in the plural) Low, marshy ground.. A body of running water smaller than a river; a small stream.
main English (eng) (British, dialectal) Very; very much; greatly; mightily; extremely; exceedingly. (informal) The main course, or principal dish of a meal.. (nautical) The mainsail. [from 17th c.]. (now, archaic, US, _, dialectal) The mainland. [from 16th c.]. (now, poetic) The high seas. [from 16th c.]. (obsolete, except in might and main) Strength; power; force; violent effort. [from 9th c.]. A large pipe [...]
mainstream English (eng) (usually, with the) That which is common; the norm. (intransitive) To become mainstream.. (transitive) To popularize, to normalize, to render mainstream.. (transitive, education) To educate (a disabled student) together with non-disabled students. Used or accepted broadly rather than by small portions of a population or market.

Words with the same origin as mainstream

Descendants of brook