\ 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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Effectively, González’s on-screen m.o. is being herself above all else, and the 28-year-old Mexico City native has been very successful in that realm. Vogue, "On- or Off-Duty, Eiza González’s Style Stays True to Herself," 21 Mar. 2019 Season 15 of The Voice entered a new realm of intense last night as the show began the Live Playoffs. Cierra Williams, Country Living, "'The Voice' Singer Tyke James Divides Voters After His Intense Playoffs Performance," 13 Nov. 2018 In that realm, Amazon has been happy to purchase its way to a favorable market position. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Amazon wants Alexa to be the operating system for your life," 27 Sep. 2018 But during the past few years, the most interesting music in that realm has come from women, from acts like Soccer Mommy (born Sophie Alison). Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The best of Summerfest Day 11: Cheap Trick, Anderson East, Boz Scaggs, Soccer Mommy & more," 8 July 2018 White, who earned her doctorate at Texas A&M University, started out in that realm, working in a southern New Mexico algae farm owned by Sapphire Energy. Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News, "Remote Texas algae farm grows a food for the future," 27 June 2018 One of that realm’s most powerful figures, Judd Apatow, takes a more sanguine view. Josh Rottenberg,, "The state of the big-screen summer comedy is no laughing matter. Can the genre get its mojo back?," 22 June 2018 QuakeCon in August should provide many more details in that realm. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "The Biggest Surprises (and Missed Opportunities) of the E3 Press Conferences," 12 June 2018 In that realm, the novel is sporadically successful. Clare Mchugh, Time, "Meg Wolizter Explores Feminism and Friendship in The Female Persuasion," 5 Apr. 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


\ 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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something valued as if it were money

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