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[relm] /rɛlm/
a royal domain; kingdom:
the realm of England.
the region, sphere, or domain within which anything occurs, prevails, or dominates:
the realm of dreams.
the special province or field of something or someone:
the realm of physics; facts within the realm of political scientists.
Origin of realm
1250-1300; Middle English realme, reaume < Old French reialme, derivative of reial < Latin rēgālis regal1
Related forms
underrealm, noun
1. See kingdom. Unabridged
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  • In its own realm it is accustomed to play rather than to work.

    The Gentle Reader Samuel McChord Crothers
  • There are some who challenge the expediency of the Imperial character of this realm.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • “The punishment due to my crime is not to be found mentioned in the laws of the realm,” he said.

    The Prime Minister W.H.G. Kingston
  • This is the final degeneration into the realm of pure foolery.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus Wilton Wallace Blancke
  • The wide sea of commerce was stagnant; upon the realm of Industry settled down a sullen lethargy.

    Twelve Causes of Dishonesty Henry Ward Beecher
British Dictionary definitions for realm


a royal domain; kingdom (now chiefly in such phrases as Peer of the Realm)
a field of interest, study, etc: the realm of the occult
Word Origin
C13: from Old French reialme, from Latin regimen rule, influenced by Old French reial royal, from Latin rēgālisregal1
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Word Origin and History for realm

late 13c., "kingdom," from Old French reaume, probably from roiaume "kingdom," altered (by influence of Latin regalis "regal") from Gallo-Romance *regiminem, accusative form of Latin regimen "system of government, rule" (see regimen). Transferred sense "sphere of activity" is from late 14c.

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