[suh-ree-uh l, -reel]


of, relating to, or characteristic of surrealism, an artistic and literary style; surrealistic.
having the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream; unreal; fantastic: surreal complexities of the bureaucracy.

Nearby words

  1. surprising,
  2. surprisingly,
  3. surra,
  4. surratt,
  5. surratt, mary eugenia,
  6. surrealism,
  7. surrealist,
  8. surrealistic,
  9. surreality,
  10. surreally

Origin of surreal

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

Related formssur·re·al·ly, adverbsur·re·al·i·ty [suh-ree-al-i-tee] /sə riˈæl ɪ ti/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for surreally



suggestive of surrealism; dreamlike


the surreal the atmosphere or qualities evoked by surrealism
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Word Origin and History for surreally



1936, back-formation from surrealism.

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