American Dream

or A·mer·i·can dream

[ uh-mer-i-kuhn dreem ]

  1. a life of personal happiness and material comfort as traditionally sought by individuals in the United States: I want to find a decent job, buy a house, have a family, and live the American dream.

  2. the ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity traditionally held to be available to every American: The American Dream even allows us to criticize America, as part of our freedom of speech.

Origin of American Dream

First recorded in 1930–35

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British Dictionary definitions for American Dream

American Dream

  1. the American Dream the notion that the American social, economic, and political system makes success possible for every individual

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Cultural 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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