\ˈrelm \

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

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Few images link the realms of Earth and heaven as simply or elegantly as that of a towering tree, one rooted in the mortal world yet aspiring upwards toward the firmament. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Armenia’s “Tree of Life” Tradition Took Root Thousands of Years Ago, and Has Only Grown Since," 12 July 2018 Among all the talk of black bloods and gray skins and realms, there’s also the threat of a bizarre, surprise epidemic hovering over heroine Talon (Jessica Green)., "All The Best Post-Apocalyptic TV Shows You Can Watch," 11 July 2018 Visitors to the Sunshine State can quickly find themselves in the realm of the gothic, at once fascinated and repelled. The Economist, "Lauren Groff’s short stories pulse with hidden malevolence," 21 June 2018 As far as sherpas through the spirit realm go, Paula keeps it low-key. Nojan Aminosharei, Marie Claire, "Aubrey Plaza Was Never April Ludgate," 13 June 2018 Smiling is not a realm given over to easy description. Neil Steinberg, CNN, "How many types of smile are there?," 13 June 2018 But recent technological advances open a whole new realm of possibilities, or danger, depending on how that footage is used, and by whom. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "New Jersey Welcomes a New Surveillance State," 11 June 2018 There are plenty of good options now, especially in the hybrid realm. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "COMPACT," 13 July 2018 Howitt has assumed this role in the mountaineering realm for nearly two decades. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?," 12 July 2018

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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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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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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