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realm

[relm] /rɛlm/
noun
1.
a royal domain; kingdom:
the realm of England.
2.
the region, sphere, or domain within which anything occurs, prevails, or dominates:
the realm of dreams.
3.
the special province or field of something or someone:
the realm of physics; facts within the realm of political scientists.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English realme, reaume < Old French reialme, derivative of reial < Latin rēgālis regal
Related forms
underrealm, noun
Synonyms
1. See kingdom.
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realm

/rɛlm/
noun
1.
a royal domain; kingdom (now chiefly in such phrases as Peer of the Realm)
2.
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 underrealm

realm

n.

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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