un·​re·​al ˌən-ˈrē(-ə)l How to pronounce unreal (audio)
: lacking in reality, substance, or genuineness : artificial, illusory

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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Word History

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unreal was in 1605

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“Unreal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unreal. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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un·​re·​al ˌən-ˈrē(-ə)l How to pronounce unreal (audio)
: not real, actual, or genuine : illusory

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