\ 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

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The organization, which has grown exponentially in the decades since its founding, has become a leader in the realm of public service and charitable fund-raising. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "George Mitchell’s legacy lives on in The Woodlands as community nears 50 years," 6 June 2019 However, the show still has an option to sign Mr. Smollett, meaning a return to the show isn’t totally out of the realm of possibility. Joe Flint, WSJ, "Actor Jussie Smollett Not Expected to Return to ‘Empire’ Next Season," 30 Apr. 2019 Still, none of this is out of the realm of possibility., "Westworld Season 2 Finale Recap: A Whole Lotta Ben Barnes," 25 June 2018 Perhaps if that had happened, instead of becoming a knight of the realm, Ramsey would have remained plain Alf; a forlorn figure forever bemoaning his captain’s inability to call tails., "World Cup Countdown: 8 Days to Go - What if Antonio Rattín Hadn’t Been Sent Off?," 6 June 2018 However, in the grand scope of Trump's first lady schedule, a 19-day break, while long, isn't entirely out of the realm of possibility. Kate Bennett, CNN, "Melania Trump hasn't appeared in public for 19 days," 29 May 2018 My Ettlinger portrait, my Vintage trade paperback, my Safran Foer smack-down: all sucked right back out of the realm of possibility as if by some mysterious, capricious, Biblical-scale force of weather. Elisa Albert, Longreads, "Etta or Bessie or Dora or Rose," 24 May 2018 However, that doesn’t mean it’s out of the realm of possibility. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Prince William May Have Just Dropped Another Hint About the Royal Baby's Name," 25 Apr. 2018 Acura desperately wants its new NSX to be taken seriously in the supercar realm, and one measly variant won’t do when Porsche offers upwards of 20 versions of the 911. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "Acura NSX May Add a 650-HP Type R Model and a Convertible Variant," 28 May 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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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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