- 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
Examples from the Web for realness
But no spineless relativism is necessary to recognize that, for most human beings, realness comes in various flavors.Atheist Philosopher Peter Boghossian’s Guide to Converting Believers|Michael Schulson|November 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Mars further muscles through Cancer, and he is a warrior for realness.
Though she is sent home, Mystique's attempt has gone down in Drag Race history and led to much more queen "realness."
Are we so in thrall to "truthiness" that we need our exorcist movies to be dressed up with the patina of realness, as well?
But the realness and the bigness of the job here in London is simply oppressive.The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume I|Burton J. Hendrick
That is, I knew in my mind, but I never imagined the realness of what would happen.Category Phoenix|Boyd Ellanby
Its oppositions are no part of its realness; and therefore they can be overcome.Practical Mysticism|Evelyn Underhill
The realness of that sacrifice of His stands out very vividly in the intensity of His feelings, of which we get only glimpses.Quiet Talks with World Winners|S. D. Gordon
And I make not even the intellect side of this book, which is a Realness to me, without sweet fine sweatings of blood.I, Mary MacLane|Mary MacLane
- (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