adjective \sə-ˈrē(-ə)l also -ˈrā-əl\

: very strange or unusual : having the quality of a dream

Full Definition of SURREAL

:  marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream; also :  unbelievable, fantastic <surreal sums of money>
sur·re·al·i·ty \(ˌ)sə-rē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun
sur·re·al·ly adverb

Examples of SURREAL

  1. The whole thing was completely surreal.
  2. Despite all the hassle, though, I would not want an ordinary name. I know of one other person in the world who shares my name, first and last. I know nothing about her except that she lived in New York at the same time I did, and that she and I subscribed to a few of the same publications. I found myself in the surreal position of having to explain to circulation departments that I was, in fact, me, and not that other version of me on the West Side. —Johnna Kaplan, Newsweek, 3 Mar. 2008

Origin of SURREAL

back-formation from surrealism
First Known Use: 1937


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