un·​re·​al | \ ˌən-ˈrē(-ə)l How to pronounce unreal (audio) \

Definition of unreal

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

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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Recent Examples on the Web The power here is unreal, and there's so much energy radiating from the stage. Maggie Fremont, EW.com, 14 Dec. 2021 To finally be in the presence of my favorite designer was unreal. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 7 Nov. 2021 There are people at every mile, so the energy was unreal. New York Times, 7 Nov. 2021 The outpouring of support from friends, family, organizations, and even just complete strangers has been unreal. Matt Seyler, ABC News, 31 Oct. 2021 The third time winning the Cup in six years, that's unreal. Kori Rumore, chicagotribune.com, 18 Oct. 2021 But that didn’t work, because those designs were unreal. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 12 Oct. 2021 Collins said the support he's gotten from the community has been unreal. David Williams, CNN, 5 Oct. 2021 Even in the Wild West of Belgian soccer, having just two players on the books at that stage of the pre-season was unreal. Samindra Kunti, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of unreal

1605, in the meaning defined above

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18 Dec 2021

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“Unreal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unreal. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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 How to pronounce unreal (audio) \

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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