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

Example Sentences

new discoveries in the realm of medicine in political and legal realms
Recent Examples on the Web Patent infringement lawsuits are not uncommon in the realm of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Natallie Rocha, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 June 2023 The new entrants both come with experience in the advertising realm, a key part of Twitter’s business that’s taken a blow since Musk took over the platform last year. Byprarthana Prakash, Fortune, 5 June 2023 But clearly his new thriller and its attendant publicity exist because of the author’s actions outside the realm of literature. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 24 May 2023 Somewhere in the realm between hairspray and dry shampoo lives a magical hair product called texture spray. Lindy Segal,, 16 May 2023 Summer is also increasingly expanding its reach while winter’s realm is simultaneously shrinking: A 2021 study found that over the entire Northern Hemisphere, meteorologic summer increased from 78 days in 1952 to 95 days by 2011. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, 12 May 2023 The cloth plays an important role in Kalabari death, too, with both the mourners and the newly dead’s house draped in George, a ritual to usher them to the realm of ancestors. Raksha Vasudevan, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 May 2023 But none of the individual elements in this scenario are beyond the realm of possibility. David Rosowsky, Forbes, 4 May 2023 The number 666 is an angel number, just like 222, 555, and many other numerical combinations that signal a message from the spirit realm. Kate Franke, Woman's Day, 1 May 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Realm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


: field of influence or activity
the realm of art

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