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[ ree-ey-lee-uh, -al-ee-uh, rey-ah-lee-uh ]
/ riˈeɪ li ə, -ˈæl i ə, reɪˈɑ li ə /

plural noun

Education. objects, as coins, tools, etc., used by a teacher to illustrate everyday living.
Philosophy. things that are real.

Nearby words

real-estate investment trust, real-life, real-time, real-time ultrasound, realgar, realia, realign, realignment, realise, realism, realist

Origin of realia

1945–50; < Late Latin reālia real (things), neuter plural of reālis; see real1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for realia

  • It is useless to undertake a demonstration of the utility of the realia.

    Outlines of Educational Doctrine|John Frederick Herbart
  • The realia and mathematics can be connected more easily than other studies with the pupils experience (101, 102).

    Outlines of Educational Doctrine|John Frederick Herbart

British Dictionary definitions for realia


/ (rɪˈeɪlɪə) /

pl n

real-life facts and material used in teaching

Word Origin for realia

C20: from neuter pl of Late Latin reālis; see real 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for realia



"real things," 1952, neuter plural of Late Latin realis "actual, real" (see real (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper