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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 regal
Related forms
underrealm, noun
1. See kingdom. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for realm
  • Cutting-edge technology is no longer an exotic realm where experts rule.
  • Over in the plant lab, hands-on exhibits take basic botany lessons out of the textbook realm.
  • But then there is the realm of fashion made from actual food.
  • How lineages might change is squarely within the realm of speculation.
  • As would be expected, the motley crew make it through to the realm of the dinosaurs, but things quickly begin to go pear-shaped.
  • Voodoo is based on a dynamic relationship between the living and the spirit realm.
  • We followed as he turned one corner after another, past numerous branches that hinted at the immensity of the underground realm.
  • They were being sacrificed to enter into the realm of the gods.
  • If the universe contains an abundance of life, that life is not likely to remain forever in the realm of the unknown.
  • To navigate this soggy realm, you have to travel by water without getting trapped on it.
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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