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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.
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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  • We reach realms of bright white light-the first such places my visions have allowed.
  • It may seem that the whole icky lot of them, and the miniature realms they inhabit, are unrelated to human concerns.
  • Rulers of other realms might content themselves with displaying carved or painted images of their glorious ancestors.
  • So one is left with thoughts that can quickly wing away into realms of fancy.
  • He pretended that there were magical realms hidden behind the sliding shoji screens in his family's little house.
  • Performance enables people to negotiate their way through the various realms of being.
  • But if that point is to succeed in public and political realms, it has to focus humanities practice on one area.
  • As anyone who works in the admissions realms knows, choosing a college is not always a rational process.
  • No doubt, there are other realms that have followed the trend.
  • Apple's innovations are powerful and profound, but they are often in the realms of design, consumer use and marketing.
British Dictionary definitions for realms


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 realms



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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