American Dream

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n American Dream the widespread aspiration of Americans to live better than their parents did
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Quotations

  • Ruben Askew
    Ruben Askew
    “We must stop talking about the American dream and start listening to the dreams of the Americans.”
  • Pico Iyer
    Pico Iyer
    “American dreams are strongest in the hearts of those who have seen America only in their dreams.”
  • Douglas Macarthur
    Douglas%20Macarthur
    “Part of the American dream is to live long and die young. Only those Americans who are willing to die for their country are fit to live.”

Usage

In literature:

He had never dreamed that the Americans would resort to such desperate tactics.
"Young Glory and the Spanish Cruiser" by Walter Fenton Mott
The other three are real American dream girls.
"Mother America" by Sam McClatchie
Here was her dream come true of the bearded American who had suddenly appeared to claim her and Kilgobbin and the servants and everything.
"The Ghost Girl" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
That man is in earnest, and the dreams of an earnest American have a way of coming true.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
On the other hand, there is a good side to the Englishman's day-dream of leisure, and one which the American spirit tends to miss.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
Tecumseh bowed before his talented brother, and had his own dreams; dreams of a vast war league against the Americans.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
Napoleon gave up his dream of American empire and sold Louisiana for a song.
"The Upward Path" by Various
Nobody dreamed there was yet an American chapter in the history of the regicides.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 377, March 1847" by Various
Two American lads, Teddy Wright and Neal Emery, embark on the steam yacht Day Dream for a short summer cruise to the tropics.
"Corporal 'Lige's Recruit" by James Otis
This applied, for example, to a trip to Paris, the golden dream of every American soldier.
"A Jewish Chaplain in France" by Lee J. Levinger
From the outset the Americans did not dream of attempting to parley.
"His Unknown Wife" by Louis Tracy
Shall we not dream of a united American womanhood?
"Anti-Suffrage Essays" by Various
The noble Americans are just as egotistic in their dreams as the Austrians.
"Reflections on War and Death" by Sigmund Freud
The American captain had not dreamed of such an outrage.
"Four American Naval Heroes" by Mabel Beebe
No American undergraduate dreams of playing to amuse himself.
"Rough-Hewn" by Dorothy Canfield
His dream was a confederacy of South American States.
"The History of Cuba, vol. 2" by Willis Fletcher Johnson
He sent it to an American paper, never dreaming it would ever be seen in England.
"Superwomen" by Albert Payson Terhune
The American Nation was his dream; and to the realization of it he consecrated his life.
"The Life of John Marshall Volume 4 of 4" by Albert J. Beveridge
It is not too much that Cleveland should dream of this Mall as an American Place de la Concorde.
"The Personality of American Cities" by Edward Hungerford
And what happened to me when I became an American is more than I can picture before my eyes, even in a dream.
"Hungry Hearts" by Anzia Yezierska
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In news:

Nailing The American Dream, With Polish.
Lawless the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers: bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia.
Follows the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers: bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia.
WASHINGTON — It's time to retire the American dream — or at least give it a long vacation.
CBS News Anchor Dan Rather reports as the CBS Evening News continues its series on the American Dream.
The push is on to save Dearfield, one of Colorado's first black towns and a decaying symbol of the quest to fulfill the American dream.
Under Obama, the New American Dream Is a Job.
From humble beginnings to legendary status is the epitaph inscribed on the tombstone of the American dream.
Mulberry Child Written and directed by Susan Morgan Cooper American Dream Pictures Opens September 7, Quad Cinema.
Do the party platforms offer credible promises about helping Americans fulfill "the American Dream".
Disabled Veteran's American Dream Becomes Nightmare .
A disabled Army Veteran has the American dream turn into a nightmare .
American dream now a nightmare .
Not so long ago, the American dream was owning a home.
The 'Can Women Have It All' debate, recently revived by various power pant suited professionals, has stubbornly focused on American women and the American work-life dream.
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