: existing or occurring in reality : drawn from or drawing on actual events or situations
real-life problems
real-life drama

Examples of real-life in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The troupe prepares a nutty, clever comedy Brent has written for them (adapted from a work that real-life RTA teacher Brent Buell developed for his students) that’s peopled with pirates, Egyptian kings, gladiators, and more—basically, a part for everybody. Stephanie Zacharek, TIME, 12 July 2024 On July 11, Bill's final appearance on Days of Our Lives aired on television, showing the real-life couple sharing an emotional moment together in the posthumous episode. Liza Esquibias, Peoplemag, 12 July 2024 To promote the book, Saint Laurent released a short film starring Zoë Kravitz and Jeremy Allen White that will surely spark years of fan shipping, despite Kravitz's real-life relationship with fellow Hollywood hottie Channing Tatum. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 12 July 2024 Enriched by real-life characters and true accounts, Cameron’s film made Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet household names, revolutionized modern filmmaking, and created a banger of a Celine Dion ballad. Will Harris, EW.com, 12 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for real-life 

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of real-life was in 1838

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“Real-life.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/real-life. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: happening in reality : being like real life

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