What does Real mean?

Definitions for Real
ˈri əl, rilre·al

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Real.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. real number, realnoun

    any rational or irrational number

  2. realnoun

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

  3. realadjective

    an old small silver Spanish coin

  4. real, existentadjective

    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)adjective

    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. realadjective

    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, tangibleadjective

    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, realadjective

    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. realadjective

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

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

  10. substantial, real, materialadjective

    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. realadjective

    (of property) fixed or immovable

    "real property consists of land and buildings"

  12. veridical, realadverb

    coinciding with reality

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

  13. very, really, real, rattlingadverb

    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"


  1. Realnoun

    Real Madrid, a football club from Madrid.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. REALadjective

    Etymology: reel, Fr. realis, Latin.

    Many are perfect in men’s humours, that are not greatly capable of the real part of business; which is the constitution of one that hath studied men more than books. Francis Bacon.

    We do but describe an imaginary world, that is but little a-kin to the real one. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps.

    When I place an imaginary name at the head of a character, I examine every letter of it, that it may not bear any resemblance to one that is real. Addison.

    I am hastening to convert my small estate, that is personal, into real. Josiah Child, Discourse of Trade.


  1. Réal

    Réal (French pronunciation: [ʁeal] (listen); Catalan: Real) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.


  1. real

    Real can be defined as something that exists in actuality, is genuine, true, or not imaginary. It refers to anything that is tangible, factual, or based on actual experiences, as opposed to being imaginary or fictional. It can also relate to something that is not artificial, fake, or counterfeit, but is authentic and authenticates reality as it is.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Realnoun

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

  2. Realadjective

    royal; regal; kingly

  3. Realadjective

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

  4. Realadjective

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

  5. Realadjective

    relating to things, not to persons

  6. Realadjective

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

  7. Realadjective

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

  8. Realnoun

    a realist

  9. Etymology: [Sp., fr. real royal, L. regalis. See Regal, and cf. Ree a coin.]


  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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Real

    rē′al, adj. actually existing: not counterfeit or assumed: true: genuine: sincere: authentic: (law) pertaining to things fixed, as lands or houses.—adj. Rē′alisable, that may be realised.—n. Realisā′tion, act of realising or state of being realised: a realising sense or feeling.—v.t. Rē′alise, to make real: to bring into being or act: to accomplish: to convert into real property or money: to obtain, as a possession: to feel strongly: to comprehend completely: to bring home to one's own experience.—n. Rē′aliser, one who realises.—p.adj. Rē′alising, serving to make real or bring home to one as a reality: conversion of property into money.—ns. Rē′alism, the medieval doctrine that general terms stand for real existences—opp. to Nominalism: the doctrine that in external perception the objects immediately known are real existences: the tendency in art to accept and to represent things as they really are—opp. to Idealism—a method of representation without idealisation, raised by modern French writers into a system, claiming a monopoly of truth in its artistic treatment of the facts of nature and life; Rē′alist, one who holds the doctrine of realism: one who believes in the existence of the external world.—adj. Rēalist′ic, pertaining to the realists or to realism: life-like.—adv. Rēalist′ically.—n. Rēal′ity, that which is real and not imaginary: truth: verity: (law) the fixed, permanent nature of real property.—adv. Rē′ally, in reality: actually: in truth.—ns. Rē′alness, the condition of being real; Rē′alty, land, with houses, trees, minerals, &c. thereon: the ownership of, or property in, lands—also Real estate.—Real presence (see Presence); Real school, a modern German preparatory, scientific, or technical school—the highest grade being the Real gymnasium, or first-class modern school, as opp. to the gymnasium proper, or classical school. [Low L. realis—L. res, a thing.]

  2. Real

    rē-al′, n. a Spanish coin, 100 of which=£1 sterling. [Sp.,—L. regalis, royal.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. real

    A silver coin of Spain, value 5d. sterling. One-eighth of a dollar.

Rap Dictionary

  1. realadjective

    Real, not posing or faking. "I'm as real as real get's and it's plain to see" -- Yungstar (Keep It Real)

  2. realadjective

    Keep it real, same as above only this more used as advice "If you really wanna uh keep it real" Yungstar (Keep It Real)

Editors Contribution

  1. realverb

    In the matter of having sense to recognize verbal action. 1.) Actually existing as a thing or occuring in fact; not imagined or supposed. Used to emphasize the significance or seriousness of a situation or circumstance.

    Only I can make my image in Nation the real deal.

    Etymology: The Most High

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on February 14, 2024  

  2. real

    The truth of a moment of time.

    The real understanding of what is occurring is simple when we know intuitively and understand.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 21, 2020  

  3. real

    Verifiable and true intent.

    The real situation was verified and the truth was the intent was known so they forgave, changed and moved forward.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 19, 2020  

Suggested Resources

  1. REAL

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. REAL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Real is ranked #5045 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Real surname appeared 6,959 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Real.

    60.1% or 4,183 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    30% or 2,094 total occurrences were White.
    5.7% or 401 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.5% or 174 total occurrences were Black.
    1% or 73 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.4% or 34 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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 for Real »

  1. eral

  2. earl

  3. lear

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Real in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Real in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Real in a Sentence

  1. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov:

    We have more and more questions about the activity of Ankara and its real commitment to eradicating terrorism.

  2. Hasan Cemal:

    Erdogan has to date never held a real press conference, because he never wished to take and answer questions from those opposing him ... Even the coup leaders including Evren held press conferences, i harshly criticized Turgut Ozal. He still allowed me on his plane for trips, invited us to his press conferences and engaged in fiery debates with me and other opposition journalists. Even the second-class democracy of those times was better than today.

  3. Adam Schiff:

    The President and The President men plot on. The danger persists. The risk is real. Our democracy is at peril, but we are not without a remedy prescribed by the founders for just these circumstances. Impeachment. The only question is will we use it or have we fallen prey to another evil that the founders forewarned, the excess of factualism, the elevation of party over country.

  4. Chief Executive Alan Armstrong:

    I don't think there's anybody positioned the way Williams is right now, very narrowly focused on the concept of growing natural gas volumes, i really think we've got ourselves in a real sweet spot.

  5. Michael Osterholm:

    We are not sure how this is going to play out for the next four to six months, if... The Delta variant follows this pattern that The Delta variant's taken in other countries, we can expect to see -- particularly the Southern sunbelt states that are getting hit so hard right now -- actually show a really rapid decline in cases probably in two to three weeks. The real challenge is what's going to happen with all the other states where we're seeing increases... If they too light up, then this surge could actually go on well into mid-September or later.

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Translations for Real

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  • حقيقي, ريالArabic
  • ысынBashkir
  • реалBulgarian
  • reálný, skutečnýCzech
  • wirklich, typisch, echt, real, reell, wahrGerman
  • Ρεάλ, αληθινός, πραγματικός, πραγματικός αριθμός, αυθεντικόςGreek
  • aŭtenta, reala, reela, veraEsperanto
  • realSpanish
  • واقعیPersian
  • real, todellinen, ehta, reaali-, aito, kunnon, kiinteä, oikea, tosi, reaalinenFinnish
  • vrai, vraie, réel, réelle, réalFrench
  • असली, सच्चाHindi
  • igazi, igaz, valódi, valósHungarian
  • իրական, անշարժArmenian
  • sattIcelandic
  • vera, vero, realeItalian
  • 現実, レアル, 本物, 本当, 実, 現実味, 実際, 不動産, 現実性, 実数, 現実に存在するJapanese
  • 실제, 레알Korean
  • naturalis, verus, solidusLatin
  • īsts, reāls, īstensLatvian
  • वास्तविकMarathi
  • reële, werkelijk, vast-, typisch, waar, echte, echt, real, oprecht, reëelDutch
  • virkeligNorwegian
  • realny, rzeczowy, prawdziwyPolish
  • realPortuguese
  • adevărat, real, prea, actual, superRomanian
  • настоящий, реал, реальный, недвижимый, действительный, истинныйRussian
  • सत्य, वास्तविकSanskrit
  • pravi, furam svoj fazon, stvaran, nekretninaSerbo-Croatian
  • verklig, reell, riktig, fast, äkta, typisk, sann, reale, realSwedish
  • వాస్తవ, నిజమైనTelugu
  • hakiki, doğruTurkish
  • thậtVietnamese

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