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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 In the realm of four-wheeled conveyances, there's a fine line separating the outrageous from the silly. Arthur St. Antoine, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1992 GMC Typhoon," 19 May 2020 In the realm of pure concept cars, Ford's Probe V of 1986 might be the most aerodynamic ever created. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "These streamliners are the world’s most aerodynamic cars," 8 May 2020 In the realm of public health, first principles of disease control dictate the use of the least costly set of interventions sufficient to prevent and mitigate illness. Jeffrey D. Klausner, National Review, "Most States Can Safely Relax Some Coronavirus Restrictions," 1 May 2020 Making a trade down with the Falcons or Broncos certainly wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility for the Cardinals in order to acquire more picks in the NFL draft. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Could Arizona Cardinals trade down in first round of 2020 NFL draft? Talk intensifies," 22 Apr. 2020 The Fieldhouse This series seems to step outside of the realm of home and food to follow Justin Bane, an NFL player whose career was cut short by a serious injury, and his wife Annie. Hannah Chubb,, "Chip and Joanna Gaines Announce 4-Hour Preview of TV Network as They Push Launch Amid Coronavirus," 21 Apr. 2020 This particular Safeway included merchandise outside of the realm of a typical grocer because of the high volume of tourists who frequented the establishment. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "California Woman Arrested For Licking Groceries As States Enact Protections For Workers," 9 Apr. 2020 The hope from some of the series' breakout stars that their story could head to the silver screen isn't totally out of the realm of possibility. Chloe Melas, CNN, "'Tiger King' star John Finlay says he wants Shia LaBeouf or Channing Tatum to play him in a movie," 4 Apr. 2020 This kind of preparation is all still somewhat in the realm of the normal. Lauren Groff, Harper's magazine, "Waiting for the End of the World," 1 Mar. 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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26 May 2020

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“Realm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 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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