- existent or pertaining to the existent as opposed to the nonexistent.
- actual as opposed to possible or potential.
- independent of experience as opposed to phenomenal or apparent.
- of, relating to, or having the value of a real number.
- using real numbers: real analysis; real vector space.
- reagan, ronald wilson,
- reaginic antibody,
- real ale,
- real axis,
- real cost,
- real estate,
- real income
- in reality; actually: You mean she dyed her hair green for real?
- real; actual: The company's plans to relocate are for real.
- genuine; sincere: I don't believe his friendly attitude is for real.
Origin of real1
noun, plural re·als [rey-ahlz] /reɪˈɑlz/, Spanish re·a·les [re-ah-les] /rɛˈɑ lɛs/.
Origin of real2
plural noun, singular re·al [rey-ahl; Portuguese re-ahl] /reɪˈɑl; Portuguese rɛˈɑl/.
Origin of reis
Examples from the Web for real
We haven't had any real fan reaction yet, but our collective fingers are crossed.
They say it's frightening how the real CIA is perceived to be as clueless as Archer Co.
But if you listen to our leaders, they weren't the real targets here.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“This is a federal mandate that is causing some real problems for schools across the country,” Kline told a CBS affiliate in July.
I could complain about how, two out of eight episodes in, Agent Carter is in no hurry to introduce its real villain.
A real ghost could have done that, I suppose, but so could any person in reasonable physical shape who knew the terrain.The Blue Ghost Mystery|Harold Leland Goodwin
It was so exactly like the real thing, she whispered to grandmother wiping her eyes.Letty and the Twins|Helen Sherman Griffith
But its real mother could not accept this decision, and offered rather to give up her child.History of the Jews, Vol. I (of 6)|Heinrich Graetz
I will not say what chapter he found, for, after all, I doubt if we had any real notion of what it meant.Wilfrid Cumbermede|George MacDonald
But the individual Englishman that they know, they take at his real value.Life of Frederick Courtenay Selous, D.S.O.|J.G. Millais
- (of the answer in a fugue) preserving the intervals as they appear in the subject
- denoting a fugue as having such an answerCompare tonal (def. 3)
Word Origin for real
noun plural reals or reales (Spanish reˈales)
Word Origin for real
noun plural reis (rəjʃ)
Word Origin for real
early 14c., "actually existing, true;" mid-15c., "relating to things" (especially property), from Old French reel "real, actual," from Late Latin realis "actual," in Medieval Latin "belonging to the thing itself," from Latin res "matter, thing," of uncertain origin. Meaning "genuine" is recorded from 1550s; sense of "unaffected, no-nonsense" is from 1847.
Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand. [Margery Williams, "The Velveteen Rabbit"]
Real estate is first recorded 1660s and retains the oldest English sense of the word. Noun phrase real time is early 19c. as a term in logic and philosophy, 1953 as an adjectival phrase; get real, usually an interjection, was U.S. college slang in 1960s, reached wide popularity c.1987.
"small Spanish silver coin," 1580s, from Spanish real, noun use of real (adj.) "regal," from Latin regalis "regal" (see regal). Especially in reference to the real de plata, which circulated in the U.S. till c.1850 and in Mexico until 1897. The same word was used in Middle English in reference to various coins, from Old French real, cognate of the Spanish word.
The old system of reckoning by shillings and pence is continued by retail dealers generally; and will continue, as long as the Spanish coins remain in circulation. [Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848]
He adds that, due to different exchange rates of metal to paper money in the different states, the Spanish money had varying names from place to place. The Spanish real of one-eighth of a dollar or 12 and a half cents was a ninepence in New England, one shilling in New York, elevenpence or a levy in Pennsylvania, "and in many of the Southern States, a bit." The half-real was in New York a sixpence, in New England a fourpence, in Pennsylvania a fip, in the South a picayune.
In addition to the idiom beginning with real
- real McCoy, the
- for real
- get real