un·​re·​al | \ ˌən-ˈrē(-ə)l \

Definition of unreal

: lacking in reality, substance, or genuineness : artificial, illusory also : incredible, fantastic

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Examples of unreal in a Sentence

The town seemed as unreal as a movie set. The fashion model looked unreal, like a doll. I think it's unreal that he survived the accident.
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The buzz has been unreal, with a dinner wait on weekends that’s about two hours. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "From hot ramen to hotter hot pot: 30 restaurant openings in Seattle and on the Eastside," 28 Nov. 2018 Even for registered travelers, the security lines can be unreal. WSJ, "Orlando International Airport: Insiders’ Tips for Flights to and From MCO," 14 Nov. 2018 The Själ Kashmir Saphir Perfecting Mask [$150, sjalskincare.com] is unreal! Glamour Beauty Editors, Glamour, "18 Genius Tips for Glowing Skin," 2 Aug. 2018 An unreal performance—a Super Bowl-record 505 passing yards and three touchdowns—but don’t just take my word for it. Peter King, SI.com, "The Philly Special: Inside the ‘Set of Stones’ Play Call That Helped the Eagles Win the Super Bowl," 5 Feb. 2018 The Cavs are throwing away an absolutely unreal opportunity to steal this Game 1. Benjamin Hoffman And Marc Stein, New York Times, "N.B.A. Finals: Warriors Survive Superman’s Best Punch in Game 1," 1 June 2018 As unreal, maybe, as the position the Golden Knights now occupy. Helene Elliott, latimes.com, "Vegas’ latest show-stopper puts the Golden Knights one win away from a berth in Stanley Cup Final," 19 May 2018 For me, the show reaches its peak of sublimity in the work of Dustin Yellin, who creates convincing unreal worlds by painting on multiple layers of glass. Thomas Hine, Philly.com, "Brandywine River Museum's new exhibit finds scary beauty in the realm of decay," 5 July 2018 The unreal image offset the omnipresent TV ads of the era for charities seeking contributions for starving African children. Amber Ferguson, chicagotribune.com, "Before Wakanda, there was Zamunda: Eddie Murphy's 'Coming to America' turns 30," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of unreal

1605, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unreal was in 1605

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English Language Learners Definition of unreal

: not real : artificial or fake

: very strange or unusual

—used to describe something that is so good, bad, etc., that it is difficult to believe


un·​re·​al | \ ˌən-ˈrē-əl \

Kids Definition of unreal

: not actual or genuine It seemed like a nightmare where everything you take to be … reality becomes unreal.— Laurence Yep, Dragonwings

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