[ suh-ree-uhl, -reel ]
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  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of surrealism, an artistic and literary style; surrealistic.

  2. having the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream; unreal; fantastic: surreal complexities of the bureaucracy.

Origin of surreal

First recorded in 1935–40; back formation from surrealism; see sur-1, real1

Other words from surreal

  • sur·re·al·ly, adverb
  • sur·re·al·i·ty [suh-ree-al-i-tee], /sə riˈæl ɪ ti/, noun

Words Nearby surreal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use surreal in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for surreal


/ (səˈrɪəl) /

  1. suggestive of surrealism; dreamlike

  1. the surreal the atmosphere or qualities evoked by surrealism

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