[ US /ˈmeɪnˌsteɪ/ ]
[ UK /mˈe‍ɪnste‍ɪ/ ]
  1. a central cohesive source of support and stability
    faith is his anchor
    he is the linchpin of this firm
    the keystone of campaign reform was the ban on soft money
  2. a prominent supporter
    he is a pillar of the community
  3. the forestay that braces the mainmast
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How To Use mainstay In A Sentence

  • Until the advent of synthetic dyes, woad was cultivated in great plantations that were for a time a mainstay in some colonial economies. SPIX'S MACAW: THE RACE TO SAVE THE WORLD'S RAREST BIRD
  • Not only did sanatoriums close, but also therapeutic mainstays like pneumothorax and pneumoperitoneum became obsolete, and surgical procedures such as thoracoplasty and the surgeons who did them disappeared.
  • Although collectors have been the traditional mainstays of this market, they had been largely absent for several seasons.
  • Phosphates, potash, and agricultural produce are the mainstay of the economy.
  • They are now in their forties and the mainstay of the economy. Times, Sunday Times
  • A few mainstays, like The New Yorker, remain loyal to illustration, but celebrity-driven photography and photomontage now dominate the covers of magazines that were once illustration-friendly.
  • While not the gritty young pugilists often associated with old-school boxing gyms such as Gleason's, the men exemplify the type of boxer who has become a mainstay of New York's traditional fight halls.
  • While trainers have always been the mainstay of streetwear, the fash pack had previously relegated them to the gym bag. Times, Sunday Times
  • Band mainstay Dominic O'Neill (vox, guitar, piano) and most recent recruit Katie Richardson (vox) tell us the story so far.
  • He thinks he's a mainstay of the company, but he's really rather small beer.
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