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Princeton's WordNet

  1. kingdom, land, realmnoun

    a domain in which something is dominant

    "the untroubled kingdom of reason"; "a land of make-believe"; "the rise of the realm of cotton in the south"

  2. kingdom, realmnoun

    the domain ruled by a king or queen

  3. region, realmnoun

    a knowledge domain that you are interested in or are communicating about

    "it was a limited realm of discourse"; "here we enter the region of opinion"; "the realm of the occult"


  1. realmnoun

    An abstract sphere of influence, real or imagined.

  2. realmnoun

    The domain of a certain abstraction.

  3. realmnoun

    A territory or state, as ruled by a specific power, and particularly those territories ruled by a king.

  4. Etymology: From reaume, realme, of unclear origins. A postulated, cross of regimen with regalis is usually cited.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Realmnoun

    Etymology: roiaulme, French.

    Is there any part of that realm, or any nation therein, which have not yet been subdued to the crown of England. Edmund Spenser.

    They had gather’d a wise council to them
    Of ev’ry realm, that did debate this business. William Shakespeare.

    A son whose worthy deeds
    Raise him to be the second in that realm. John Milton.

    Learn each small people’s genius, policies,
    The ant’s republick, and the realm of bees. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Realmnoun

    a royal jurisdiction or domain; a region which is under the dominion of a king; a kingdom

  2. Realmnoun

    hence, in general, province; region; country; domain; department; division; as, the realm of fancy

  3. Etymology: [OE. realme, ream, reaume, OF. reialme, roialme, F. royaume, fr. (assumed) LL. regalimen, from L. regalis royal. See Regal.]


  1. Realm

    A realm is a community or territory over which a sovereign rules; it is commonly used to describe a kingdom or other monarchical or dynastic state. The Old French word reaume, modern French royaume, was the word first adopted in English; the fixed modern spelling does not appear until the beginning of the 17th century. The word supposedly derives from medieval Latin regalimen, from regalis, of or belonging to a rex,. "Realm" is particularly used for those states whose name includes the word kingdom, to avoid clumsy repetition of the word in a sentence. It is also useful to describe those countries whose monarchs are called something other than "king" or "queen"; for example, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a realm but not a kingdom since its monarch holds the title Grand Duke rather than King. "Realm" is also frequently used to refer to territories that are "under" a monarch, yet are not a physical part of his or her "kingdom". Similarly, the Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokelau are considered parts of the Realm of New Zealand, although they are not part of New Zealand proper. Likewise, the Faroe Islands and Greenland remain parts of the Danish Realm.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Realm

    relm, n. a regal or royal jurisdiction: kingdom: province: country: dominion. [O. Fr. realme—Low L. regalimen—L. regalis, royal.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'realm' in Nouns Frequency: #2529

Anagrams for realm »

  1. lamer, maerl, Maler, marle

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of realm in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of realm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of realm in a Sentence

  1. Jeb Bush:

    I don't get economic policies from my bishops or my cardinals or my Pope, i think religion ought to be about making us better as people and less about things that end up getting into the political realm.

  2. Pincelli Hull:

    Understanding these giants of the terrestrial realm has been at the forefront of science for centuries, and it really matters if they are cold or warm-blooded. It changes how active we think they were and how they would have interacted with the environment.

  3. Benny Gantz:

    Because of the circumstances which have arisen, sitting [ in a future government ] with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not something which is on the table, benjamin Netanyahu -- I turn to you this evening. Get over yourself and show national responsibility. Resign from your position. If you prove that you are innocent, you can return to the public realm and again lead your movement.

  4. Laura Jaworski:

    Infinite beauty, infinite adventure, infinite love— this is the realm of Creativity.

  5. Napoleon Bonaparte:

    My enemies are many, my equals are none. In the shade of olive trees, they said Italy could never be conquered. In the land of Pharaohs and Kings, they said Egypt could never be humbled. In the realm of forest and snow, they said Russia could never be tamed. Now they say nothing. They fear me, like a force of nature, a dealer in thunder and death! I say: I am Napoleon, I am Emperor. (Napoleon: Total War)

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