[ relm ]
/ rɛlm /


a royal domain; kingdom: the realm of England.
the region, sphere, or domain within which anything occurs, prevails, or dominates: the realm of dreams.
the special province or field of something or someone: the realm of physics; facts within the realm of political scientists.

Nearby words

  1. realizable,
  2. realization,
  3. realize,
  4. reallocate,
  5. really,
  6. realpolitik,
  7. realtor,
  8. realty,
  9. ream,
  10. reamer

Origin of realm

1250–1300; Middle English realme, reaume < Old French reialme, derivative of reial < Latin rēgālis regal1

Related formsun·der·realm, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for realm


/ (rɛlm) /


a royal domain; kingdom (now chiefly in such phrases as Peer of the Realm)
a field of interest, study, etcthe realm of the occult

Word Origin for realm

C13: from Old French reialme, from Latin regimen rule, influenced by Old French reial royal, from Latin rēgālis regal 1

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Word Origin and History for realm



late 13c., "kingdom," from Old French reaume, probably from roiaume "kingdom," altered (by influence of Latin regalis "regal") from Gallo-Romance *regiminem, accusative form of Latin regimen "system of government, rule" (see regimen). Transferred sense "sphere of activity" is from late 14c.

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