American Dream


WATCH NOW: Is The American Dream Still Attainable?

WATCH NOW: Is The American Dream Still Attainable?

Today, the phrase American Dream is often uttered with equal parts longing and eye-rolling. The eye-rollers think the American Dream’s dead. The opposing party begs to differ. Why is there so much debate?

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noun

the ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity traditionally held to be available to every American.
a life of personal happiness and material comfort as traditionally sought by individuals in the U.S.

Origin of American Dream

First recorded in 1930–35

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British Dictionary definitions for american dream

American Dream

noun

the American Dream the notion that the American social, economic, and political system makes success possible for every individual
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Word Origin and History for american dream

American dream

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Culture definitions for american dream

American Dream

A phrase connoting hope for prosperity and happiness, symbolized particularly by having a house of one's own. Possibly applied at first to the hopes of immigrants, the phrase now applies to all except the very rich and suggests a confident hope that one's children's economic and social condition will be better than one's own.

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