\ ˈrelm How to pronounce realm (audio) \

Definition of realm

2 : sphere, domain within the realm of possibility
3 : a primary marine or terrestrial biogeographic division of the earth's surface

Examples of realm in a Sentence

new discoveries in the realm of medicine in political and legal realms
Recent Examples on the Web Epstein, a millionaire moving in the social realm that passes for aristocracy in the United States; Andrew, a member of the actual British aristocracy, high up enough to be defended by the queen’s own spokespeople. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2022 Because this may be the best time in years to figure out how to upgrade a public realm designed primarily to speed traffic through downtown, sometimes with deadly results. Steven Litt, cleveland, 14 Jan. 2022 For brands like Nike or Adidas, NFTs could take the form of a collectible digital sneaker or one that an owner might actually wear in the virtual realm—say, in a videogame or in the metaverse. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2022 The legend of a mysterious jazz realm, the Blue, is explored through the story of a musician who has gone comatose. New York Times, 14 Jan. 2022 In the same realm, Dreyer has been forced to deal with the reality that a Cincinnati curse is present. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, 14 Jan. 2022 Coachella manages to cover so much territory in the dance realm by dedicating two spaces to electronic music. Katie Bain, Billboard, 13 Jan. 2022 In a desperate attempt to pay off their mounting bar tab, these unlikely heroes end up on a quest to save the realm of Exandria from dark magical forces. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 12 Jan. 2022 Pence had set himself up for this fate by using his credibility with conservative Christians to help Trump win in 2016 and then enabling him for years with a kind of sycophancy rarely seen in any realm. Michael D'antonio, CNN, 12 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of realm

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for realm

Middle English realme, from Anglo-French, alteration of Old French reiame, from Latin regimen control — more at regimen

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The first known use of realm was in the 13th century

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19 Jan 2022

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English Language Learners Definition of realm

: an area of activity, interest, or knowledge
: a country that is ruled by a king or queen


\ ˈrelm How to pronounce realm (audio) \

Kids Definition of realm

2 : field of activity or influence He's important in the realm of law.

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