noun, plural re·al·i·ties for 3, 5–7.
- something that exists independently of ideas concerning it.
- something that exists independently of all other things and from which all other things derive.
- reality awareness,
- reality check,
- reality fiction,
- reality principle,
- reality show
Origin of reality
noun plural -ties
1540s, "quality of being real," from French réalité and directly Medieval Latin realitatem (nominative realitas), from Late Latin realis (see real (adj.)). Meaning "real existence, all that is real" is from 1640s; that of "the real state (of something)" is from 1680s. Sometimes 17c.-18c. also meaning "sincerity." Reality-based attested from 1960. Reality television from 1991.
Actually, in fact, as in He may seem slow to you, but in reality he's very intelligent. [Second half of 1600s]