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Definition of realm

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

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Examples of realm in a Sentence

new discoveries in the realm of medicine in political and legal realms
Recent Examples on the Web Consider if similar points were made in the realm of foreign policy. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "We’re Debating Climate Predictions While Rome Burns," 10 Feb. 2020 But the number of cases are so few that trade policy experts contacted by the Washington Examiner said the idea still existed more in the realm of theory than practice. Sean Higgins, Washington Examiner, "White House mulls new trade weapon for EU talks: 'Carousel' tariffs," 9 Feb. 2020 So at least a guest turn on the show wasn't outside the realm of possibility. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Feature in 'The Crown' Season Five?," 31 Jan. 2020 They aren’t seen much outside the realm of floras and scientific journals. Washington Post, "Botanical illustration is becoming endangered, but the job is essential," 29 Jan. 2020 Further, this will of course not affect travel outside the realm of B visas, including by those who come into the country illegally. The Editors, National Review, "Trump Takes Aim at Birth Tourism," 24 Jan. 2020 Several of the founders who took their unicorns to market and remained in charge are having trouble explaining why their stock prices have plummeted from those high valuations in the private realm. Steven Levy, Wired, "The 2010s Killed the Cult of the Tech Founder. Great!," 26 Dec. 2019 Vital to the advanced industries of both the United States and China, its unmatched capabilities in the realm of the nanoscule have implications at the highest levels of geopolitics. The Economist, "A look inside the factory around which the modern world turns," 18 Dec. 2019 Also, Jesus was crucified on a Friday, which may be where Friday and 13 dovetailed in the realm of superstition, Michael Bailey, a history professor at Iowa State University, told USA Today. Alex Heigl,, "9 Pieces of Friday the 13th Trivia to Help You Through this Accursed Day," 13 Dec. 2019

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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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18 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Realm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of realm

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

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