What does real mean?

Definitions for real
ˈri əl, rilre·al

Here are all the possible meanings 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.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Realnoun

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

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

  2. Realadjective

    royal; regal; kingly

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

  3. Realadjective

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

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

  4. Realadjective

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

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

  5. Realadjective

    relating to things, not to persons

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

  6. Realadjective

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

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

  7. Realadjective

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

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

  8. Realnoun

    a realist

    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. 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  
  2. 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  

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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

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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. Andrea Leadsom:

    I am sure she will be really sad she doesn't have children so I don't want this to be 'Andrea has children, Theresa hasn't' because I think that would be really horrible, but genuinely I feel being a mum means you have a very real stake in the future of our country, a tangible stake. She possibly has nieces, nephews, lots of people. But I have children who are going to have children who will directly be a part of what happens next.

  2. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen:

    Ongoing employment gains and faster wage growth should support the growth of real incomes and therefore consumer spending.

  3. Jay Wilds:

    I think that was Jay Wilds first real girlfriend, and I think that's why Jay Wilds reaction was so strong. I don't think it meant that much to her. I don't think that's wrong, it's high school, you know. She's a high school girl,' Oh, Jay Wilds's cute, Oh, whatever' -- things fizzle out. I think there was another dude or something, or whatever.

  4. Don Thoma:

    This will be the first time ever that all aircraft are being tracked around the world in real time, as you talk to other people in the industry, they really view this as a kind of fundamental, game-changing addition to the air traffic control and aviation infrastructure.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    It is better to go near the truth and be imprisoned than to stay with the wrong and roam about freely, master Galilei. In fact, getting attached to falsity is terrible slavery, and real freedom is only next to the right.

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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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