[ ree-al-i-tee ]
/ riˈæl ɪ ti /

noun, plural re·al·i·ties for 3, 5–7.


noting or pertaining to a TV program or film that portrays nonactors interacting or competing with each other in real but contrived situations, allegedly without a script: a popular reality show; reality TV.

Idioms for reality

    in reality, in fact or truth; actually: brave in appearance, but in reality a coward.

Origin of reality

From the Medieval Latin word reālitās, dating back to 1540–50. See real1, -ity


an·ti·re·al·i·ty, adjectivenon·re·al·i·ty, noun, plural non·re·al·i··re·al·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for reality

/ (rɪˈælɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the state of things as they are or appear to be, rather than as one might wish them to be
something that is real
the state of being real
  1. that which exists, independent of human awareness
  2. the totality of facts as they are independent of human awareness of themSee also conceptualism Compare appearance (def. 6)
in reality actually; in fact
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

Medical definitions for reality

[ rē-ălĭ-tē ]


The quality or state of being actual or true.
The totality of all things possessing actuality, existence, or essence.
That which exists objectively and in fact.
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