unreal

adjective un·re·al \ ˌən-ˈrē(-ə)l \
Updated on: 16 May 2018

Definition of unreal

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

Examples of unreal in a Sentence

  1. The town seemed as unreal as a movie set.

  2. The fashion model looked unreal, like a doll.

  3. I think it's unreal that he survived the accident.

Recent Examples of unreal from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'unreal.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of unreal

1605

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

UNREAL Defined for English Language Learners

unreal

Definition of unreal for English Language Learners

  • : 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


UNREAL Defined for Kids

unreal

adjective un·re·al \ ˌən-ˈrē-əl \

Definition of unreal for Students

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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up unreal? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

immune from criticism or violation

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • spring-flowers
  • Which is a synonym of raillery?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!