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

Examples of realm in a Sentence

new discoveries in the realm of medicine in political and legal realms
Recent Examples on the Web The realms include the Abu Dhabi Ocean, One Ocean, MicroOcean, Endless Ocean, Tropical Ocean, Rocky Point, and two Polar Ocean realms — the Arctic and Antarctica. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 2 Apr. 2024 In the realm of the arts, the powerful and the wealthy need to assume the mentality of listeners, aides, facilitators. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 2 Apr. 2024 As one of the most underserved female health conditions, there is enormous potential for innovative treatments in the realm of women's health. Angela Chan, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024 Although the standards are intended for federal agencies, the effect goes beyond that realm. Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News, 28 Mar. 2024 The drink program will revolve around agave spirits that extend beyond the realm of tequila and mezcal to introduce diners to spirits less known in the US, like raicilla and sotol. Kate Kassin, Bon Appétit, 28 Mar. 2024 In the realm of agriculture, for example, their traditional foods are written into their cultural identity and are celebrated and cared for as kin, not commodity. Journal Sentinel, 28 Mar. 2024 Unlike a typical breakwater, which amounts to a pile of rocks, the Living Breakwater has shallow tidal pools, and fingers that gradually taper into deeper water, creating multiple habitat realms for marine food chains — hatchling fish, lobsters, larger fish, seals. Bill Kearney, Miami Herald, 27 Mar. 2024 Hart embodies versatility beyond the realm of comedy, donning multiple hats as an actor, producer, director, restaurateur, and businessman. Aaraf Adam, Essence, 26 Mar. 2024

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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 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: field of influence or activity
the realm of art

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