Definition of American dream in US English:

American dream


  • The ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.

    ‘he could achieve the American dream only by hard work’
    • ‘I want my people to reap the benefits of the American dream.’
    • ‘Set in 1980s Detroit, it explores contemporary values and the ideals of the American dream.’
    • ‘There's a new day approaching in Louisiana - a day when businesses are drawn to our state and our people can fulfill their American dream.’
    • ‘And they became huge successes, sterling examples of the American dream, exemplars of capitalism at its finest.’
    • ‘Indeed, many of these entrepreneurs feel that they are helping to transmit the American dream from themselves to others in their communities.’
    • ‘We are exporting the American dream for the next generation.’
    • ‘All of these hallmarks of the American dream are a powerful draw.’
    • ‘That is the American dream and that is real democracy.’
    • ‘The town's youth ‘have been excluded from the American dream,’ she writes.’
    • ‘More important, American ideas, American heroes, American dreams are missing too.’
    • ‘I've seen the American dream come true, and I've played a part of it.’
    • ‘The essence of the American dream, in this sense, is the possibility of social mobility.’
    • ‘Anyone can be president, that's one of the American dreams.’
    • ‘Because, you see, if we don't educate our children, it's unlikely that the American dream will be able to touch every willing heart.’
    • ‘The man from Arnoun appears to be living the American dream.’
    • ‘Tonight, we introduce you to a plumber who takes pride in living the American dream, owning his own company and helping others in the process.’
    • ‘And together, with his friends, family and teammates of many colors, he will help create a new land of plenty and protect those who share his vision of progress and the building of their American dreams through virtue and dedication.’
    • ‘The American dream is the dream of many people in this world.’
    • ‘His series documents places and people living out often eccentric, yet charming, American dreams.’
    • ‘From the moment the Chinese set foot on American soil, their dreams have been American dreams.’


American dream

/əˈmɛrəkən drim//əˈmerəkən drēm/