The difference between Conventional and Mainstream

When used as nouns, conventional means a conventional gilt-edged security, a kind of bond paying the holder a fixed cash payment (or coupon) every six months until maturity, at which point the holder receives the final payment and the return of the principal, whereas mainstream means that which is common.

When used as adjectives, conventional means pertaining to a convention, as in following generally accepted principles, methods and behaviour, whereas mainstream means used or accepted broadly rather than by small portions of a population or market.


Mainstream is also verb with the meaning: to popularize, to normalize, to render mainstream.

check bellow for the other definitions of Conventional and Mainstream

  1. Conventional as an adjective:

    Pertaining to a convention, as in following generally accepted principles, methods and behaviour.

  2. Conventional as an adjective:

    Ordinary, commonplace.

    Examples:

    "They wear conventional clothes, eat conventional food, and keep conventional hours."

  3. Conventional as an adjective:

    Banal, trite, hackneyed, unoriginal or clich├ęd.

  1. Conventional as a noun (finance):

    A conventional gilt-edged security, a kind of bond paying the holder a fixed cash payment (or coupon) every six months until maturity, at which point the holder receives the final payment and the return of the principal.

  1. Mainstream as an adjective:

    Used or accepted broadly rather than by small portions of a population or market.

    Examples:

    "They often carry stories you won't find in the mainstream media."

  1. Mainstream as a noun (usually, with ''the''):

    That which is common; the norm.

    Examples:

    "His ideas were well outside the mainstream, but he presented them intelligently, and we were impressed if not convinced."

  1. Mainstream as a verb (transitive):

    To popularize, to normalize, to render mainstream.

  2. Mainstream as a verb (intransitive):

    To become mainstream.

  3. Mainstream as a verb (transitive, education):

    To educate (a disabled student) together with non-disabled students.

    Examples:

    "'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."