American dream

noun

often capitalized D
: an American social ideal that stresses egalitarianism and especially material prosperity
also : the prosperity or life that is the realization of this ideal

Examples of American dream in a Sentence

with the acquisition of a big house in the suburbs, they felt as though the American dream had indeed become a reality for them

Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of American dream was in 1900

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Cite this Entry

“American dream.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/American%20dream. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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