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[ree-uh l-tee, reel-] /ˈri əl ti, ˈril-/
real property or real estate.
Origin of realty
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50, realty is from the late Middle English word realte. See real1, -ty2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "I—I'll believe it if you say on your honor that it realty is so," he replied slowly.

    Mother West Wind "When" Stories Thornton W. Burgess
  • In this he is aided not only by his brokers, but by realty companies.

    Half a Man Mary White Ovington
  • He said title-deeds savoured of the realty, and it was not felony to steal them.

    Amelia Henry Fielding
  • Do you realty mean that you think of going there as a servant, Mrs. Conway?

    One of the 28th

    G. A. Henty
  • It cannot be amiss to consider this phenomenon as it realty is.

    Varied Types G. K. Chesterton
  • If you want to sell anything, sell your realty before it gets any lower.

    Vandover and the Brute

    Frank Norris
  • Others were business men and agents come to bid upon the realty.

    Roads of Destiny

    O. Henry
  • In other words the owner of realty also owns the sky above it without limit as to distance.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
British Dictionary definitions for realty


another term for real property
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for realty

1660s, "real estate," from earlier meaning (1540s) "real possession," earlier "reality" (mid-15c.), from real (adj.) + -ty (2). Cf. reality.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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