\ 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 Within the realm of U.S. politics, entertaining the lab-leak theory is less toxic now for those on the left than when it was embraced by the Trump administration as another way to bash China. Washington Post, 3 June 2021 Her emotional range has expanded, too, moving beyond the realm of the lovesick. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 The seven-minute epic features ornate trumpet blasts, avalanching drum fills, a scorching guitar solo, and a hair-raising belt from vocalist Conor Murphy, who yearns to communicate with someone from beyond this realm. Alex Suskind,, 20 Mar. 2021 Today proved once again that with the power of science and American ingenuity, nothing is beyond the realm of possibility. William Harwood, CBS News, 19 Feb. 2021 Both lie far beyond the realm of physical exploration. Alan Lightman, The Atlantic, 8 Feb. 2021 Previously inaccessible, and even beyond the realm of awareness, to the modernist culture and aspirations of American life, these universal expectations materialized a doorway to the medieval past, which in the U.S. had never before existed. Peter Hammond Schwartz, The New Republic, 3 Feb. 2021 The statement swiftly created friction far beyond the realm of SBC academia, particularly due to the lack of Black involvement in its drafting. David Crary, Star Tribune, 24 Jan. 2021 The statement swiftly created friction far beyond the realm of SBC academia, particularly due to the lack of Black involvement in its drafting. David Crary, ajc, 24 Jan. 2021

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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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12 Jun 2021

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“Realm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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