Definitions for realˈri əl, ril

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•alˈri əl, ril(adj.)

  1. true; not merely ostensible, nominal, or apparent:

    the real reason for an act.

  2. actual rather than imaginary, ideal, or fictitious:

    real events; a story taken from real life.

  3. being actually such; not merely so-called:

    a real victory.

  4. genuine; authentic:

    real pearls.

  5. unfeigned or sincere:

    real sympathy.

  6. Informal. absolute; complete; utter:

    She's a real brain.

    Category: Informal

  7. Philos. existent as opposed to nonexistent. actual as opposed to possible or potential. independent of experience as opposed to phenomenal or apparent.

    Category: Philosphy

  8. (of wages, income, or money) measured in purchasing power rather than in nominal value.

  9. noting an optical image formed by the actual convergence of rays, as the image produced in a camera

    Category: Optics

    Ref: (opposed to virtual). 2 1

  10. Law. of or pertaining to immovable or permanent things, as lands or buildings.

    Category: Law

  11. Math. of, pertaining to, or having the value of a real number. using real numbers:

    real analysis; real vector space.

    Category: Math

  12. (adv.)Informal. very or extremely:

    You did a real nice job.

    Category: Informal

  13. Category: Math

    Ref: real number.

  14. the real, something that actually exists. reality in general.

Idioms for real:

  1. for real, in reality; actually. genuine; sincere.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of real:

1400–50; late ME < LL reālis= L re-, var. s. of rēs thing +-ālis -al1


re•al*reɪˈɑl; Sp. rɛˈɑl; reɪˈɑlz; rɛˈɑ lɛs(n.)(pl.)re•als

  1. a former silver coin of Spain and Spanish America, equal to ? of a peso.

    Category: Numismatics

* Sp. re•a•les.

Origin of real:

1605–15; < Sp: royal < L rēgālisregal


  1. Category: Numismatics

    Ref: sing. of reis.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. real number, real(noun)

    any rational or irrational number

  2. real(noun)

    the basic unit of money in Brazil; equal to 100 centavos

  3. real(adj)

    an old small silver Spanish coin

  4. real, existent(adj)

    being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory

    "real objects"; "real people; not ghosts"; "a film based on real life"; "a real illness"; "real humility"; "Life is real! Life is earnest!"- Longfellow

  5. real(a)(adj)

    no less than what is stated; worthy of the name

    "the real reason"; "real war"; "a real friend"; "a real woman"; "meat and potatoes--I call that a real meal"; "it's time he had a real job"; "it's no penny-ante job--he's making real money"

  6. real(adj)

    not to be taken lightly

    "statistics demonstrate that poverty and unemployment are very real problems"; "to the man sleeping regularly in doorways homelessness is real"

  7. real, tangible(adj)

    capable of being treated as fact

    "tangible evidence"; "his brief time as Prime Minister brought few real benefits to the poor"

  8. actual, genuine, literal, real(adj)

    being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something

    "her actual motive"; "a literal solitude like a desert"- G.K.Chesterton; "a genuine dilemma"

  9. real(adj)

    of, relating to, or representing an amount that is corrected for inflation

    "real prices"; "real income"; "real wages"

  10. substantial, real, material(adj)

    having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary

    "the substantial world"; "a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical"; "most ponderous and substantial things"- Shakespeare

  11. real(adj)

    (of property) fixed or immovable

    "real property consists of land and buildings"

  12. veridical, real(adverb)

    coinciding with reality

    "perceptual error...has a surprising resemblance to veridical perception"- F.A.Olafson

  13. very, really, real, rattling(adverb)

    used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal

    "she was very gifted"; "he played very well"; "a really enjoyable evening"; "I'm real sorry about it"; "a rattling good yarn"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. real(adjective)ɪˈɑl

    ≠ false, fake

    The flowers are real, not plastic.; firefighters practicing for a real emergency; real Mexican food; Is he for real? Nobody's that perfect!; I thought I was in love, but it wasn't the real thing.

  2. realɪˈɑl

    having all the qualities that make sth a good example of its type

    When you have problems, you find out who your real friends are.; Back then I didn't have any real worries.

  3. realɪˈɑl

    existing, not imagined or created

    Mom, are the monsters in the movie real?; In real life, the endings are not always happy.; She lives in her imagination, not the real world.

  4. realɪˈɑl

    emphasizes sth

    You're being a real jerk.

  5. real(adverb)ɪˈɑl

    very; = really

    a real beautiful morning


  1. Real(ProperNoun)

    Real Madrid, a football club from Madrid.

  2. Origin: From reel, from realis, from res, of unknown origin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Real(noun)

    a small Spanish silver coin; also, a denomination of money of account, formerly the unit of the Spanish monetary system

  2. Real(adj)

    royal; regal; kingly

  3. Real(adj)

    actually being or existing; not fictitious or imaginary; as, a description of real life

  4. Real(adj)

    true; genuine; not artificial, counterfeit, or factitious; often opposed to ostensible; as, the real reason; real Madeira wine; real ginger

  5. Real(adj)

    relating to things, not to persons

  6. Real(adj)

    having an assignable arithmetical or numerical value or meaning; not imaginary

  7. Real(adj)

    pertaining to things fixed, permanent, or immovable, as to lands and tenements; as, real property, in distinction from personal or movable property

  8. Real(noun)

    a realist


  1. Real

    Real is the fifth studio album by American singer Belinda Carlisle, first released on September 29, 1993. The album has a genre of mainly pop songs written by Charlotte Caffey, Thomas Caffey, Ralph Schuckett and half co-written by Carlisle. It was the second album where Rick Nowels had no writing or producing credits and also was Carlisle's first album to have contributed to the producing. The album cover was designed by Tom Dolan and is a departure for Carlisle, who presented a glamorous look on all her previous covers, choosing a "jeans and tee shirt" look instead this time without make-up. It features a cover version of The Graces pop rock song "Lay Down Your Arms".

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Real

    an old Spanish silver coin still in use in Spain, Mexico, and some other of the old Spanish colonies, also is a money of account in Portugal; equals one-fourth of the peseta, and varies in value from 2½ d. to 5d. with the rise and fall of exchange.

  2. Real

    a legal term in English law applied to property of a permanent or immovable kind, e. g. land, to distinguish it from personal or movable property.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. real

    Not simulated. Often used as a specific antonym to virtual in any of its jargon senses.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'real' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #399

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'real' in Written Corpus Frequency: #640

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'real' in Adjectives Frequency: #39

Anagrams of real

  1. Earl

  2. Rale

Translations for real

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


which actually exists

There's a real monster in that cave.

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