[ree-uh l-tee, reel-]


real property or real estate.

Origin of realty

First recorded in 1400–50, realty is from the late Middle English word realte. See real1, -ty2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for realty

Contemporary Examples of realty

  • Christophe Choo of the realty company Coldwell Banker in Beverly Hills is also convinced Petra is the buyer.

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    The Mystery of the Spelling Mansion

    Nicole LaPorte

    June 21, 2011

  • Realty demands that Mark McGwire is a fallen hero; his sins bear directly on his supposed heroics.

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    Who Cares What Tiger Did?

    Conor Friedersdorf

    November 28, 2009

Historical Examples of realty

  • "I—I'll believe it if you say on your honor that it realty is so," he replied slowly.

  • In this he is aided not only by his brokers, but by realty companies.

    Half a Man

    Mary White Ovington

  • He said title-deeds savoured of the Realty, and it was not felony to steal them.


    Henry Fielding

  • Do you realty mean that you think of going there as a servant, Mrs. Conway?

    One of the 28th

    G. A. Henty

  • It cannot be amiss to consider this phenomenon as it realty is.

    Varied Types

    G. K. Chesterton

British Dictionary definitions for realty



another term for real property
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 realty

1660s, "real estate," from earlier meaning (1540s) "real possession," earlier "reality" (mid-15c.), from real (adj.) + -ty (2). Cf. reality.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper