\ 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

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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 Most are breakfast-focused, but a few land in the fried chicken realm. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food critic ate in the Twin Cities this week," 8 Jan. 2021 Certain podcasts are even pushing their merch into the luxury realm. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "From ‘Throwing Fits’ to ‘Crime Junkie,’ Podcast Merch Has Become Big Business," 4 Jan. 2021 Part of the fun of diving is sharing the wonders of the ocean realm. John Christopher Fine,, "Boynton Beach diving: Underwater surprises await | Opinion," 31 Dec. 2020 The couture collections ushered audiences into a fantasy realm, displaying larger-than-life runway extravaganzas. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 20 Top Fashion Moments of 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 Disasters are still big business in the B-movie realm, too. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Can Disaster Movies Survive a Pandemic?," 25 Dec. 2020 The low-budget indie movie realm is often where fresh new talent breaks through. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "From ‘American Utopia’ to ‘Ma Rainey’: The 10 best films of 2020," 21 Dec. 2020 What kind of healthy democratic communications realm is run by a handful of people—let alone a group whose job is to maximize engagement by maximizing conflict among users and fomenting paranoid conspiracy theories for profit? Zephyr Teachout, The New Republic, "A Blueprint for a Trust-Busting Biden Presidency," 18 Dec. 2020 Those themes aren't exactly the bedrock of top 40 magic, yet open-minded popheads would be hard-pressed to find anything in the alt realm that's more irresistibly melodic and worthy of repeat listens than this dark, thoughtful chronicle. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 25 Best Pop Albums of 2020: Staff Picks," 14 Dec. 2020

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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 2021

Cite this Entry

“Realm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce realm (audio)

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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