: sphere, domain
within the realm of possibility
: a primary marine or terrestrial biogeographic division of the earth's surface

Example Sentences

new discoveries in the realm of medicine in political and legal realms
Recent Examples on the Web Parham pointed to DeRozan, Love and Wall for influencing people far beyond the sports realm. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Nov. 2022 Kupperwasser, a former head of the Israeli army’s Military Intelligence Assessment Division, said the cyberwar realm afforded terror groups the opportunity to cause broad damage at minimal risk. Ruth Marks Eglash, Fox News, 24 Nov. 2022 Disney has continued its never-ending race to outdo itself in the culinary realm, creating new themed treats for special occasions, holidays and movie releases year round — but the Christmas season really shines above the rest. Shay Spence, Peoplemag, 19 Nov. 2022 Having to overcome this fear to enter the realm of sportswear didn’t come easily to Ackermann initially. Liam Hess, Vogue, 18 Nov. 2022 Yet physicists found that a simple transformation can take you from one realm to the other. Charlie Wood, Quanta Magazine, 17 Nov. 2022 In the human realm, these same tools may have dangerous uses—repressive regimes can use them to track activists, for example. Tom Mustill, Time, 17 Nov. 2022 This was once the realm of Andrej Karpathy, but the senior director of AI departed earlier this year. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 17 Nov. 2022 Workout pants that transcend the realm of exercise and double up as lounging or casual clothes might add anti-wrinkle properties to fabrics. Bernd Fischer, Men's Health, 16 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English realme, from Anglo-French, alteration of Old French reiame, from Latin regimen control — more at regimen

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of realm was in the 13th century

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“Realm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



: field of influence or activity
the realm of art

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