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[ree-ey-lee-uh, -al-ee-uh, rey-ah-lee-uh] /riˈeɪ li ə, -ˈæl i ə, reɪˈɑ li ə/
plural noun
Education. objects, as coins, tools, etc., used by a teacher to illustrate everyday living.
Philosophy. things that are real.
Origin of realia
1945-50; < Late Latin reālia real (things), neuter plural of reālis; see real1 Unabridged
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plural noun
real-life facts and material used in teaching
Word Origin
C20: from neuter pl of Late Latin reālis; see real1
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Word Origin and History for realia

"real things," 1952, neuter plural of Late Latin realis "actual, real" (see real (adj.)).

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