Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A form of intellectual and artistic culture that has qualities of high culture and mass culture without being either.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A form of middlebrow culture that copies and adulterates high culture.

Etymologies

mid(dlebrow) + cult(ure).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
mid- +‎ cult, coined by Dwight MacDonald in the essay Masscult and Midcult (1960). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Barrack Room Ballads and The Caine Mutiny are specimens of midcult, however.

    Veterans’ books

  • Perhaps the Revised Standard Version, which Dwight Macdonald singled out as a representative example of midcult?

    Overrated novels

  • But what it calls to mind most clearly is Classics Illustrated, the midcult publishing staple from the '50s and' 60s that offered up everything from "Moby-Dick" to "The Iliad" in comic-book form.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • Where response to Angelou's poem was constrained by access to existing media - I'm unaware of any "the empress has no clothes" reviews in such midcult venues as the

    Silliman's Blog

  • [W] hat this picture is, if you'll pardon the phrase, a straight-across-the-plate pitch to midcult audiences fond of event films and potential Oscar contenders.

    GreenCine Daily

  • He is sinking fast but in defiance of midcult verities is still loved, so they say, by the misbegotten, 13,000 lobbyists, the Kansas suburbs, 90,000 filling station attendants, Tucker Carlson’s barber and Lou (’Of course I’m too fat but I can’t get enough of Mexica food’) Dobbs. —

    The Times and the McCain Op-Ed - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

  • And the country’s midcult I. Q.’s and John (” I read the ‘Naked and the Dead’ but couldn’t understand it”) McCain can do nothing to stop it. —

    Obama at Convention for Journalists - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

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