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Meaning of realm by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old French reaume, realme ( “kingdom” ), of unclear origins. A postulated *rēgālimen, Late Latin cross of regimen with rēgālis is usually cited .


    • ( UK, US ) enPR: rĕlm, IPA: /rɛlm/, SAMPA: /relm/
    • Rhymes: -ɛlm


    realm ( plural: realms )

    1. An abstract sphere of influence, real or imagined.
    2. The domain of a certain abstraction.
    3. ( formal or law ) A territory or state, as ruled by a specific power, and particularly those territories ruled by a king.


    Derived terms


    • lamer, maerl, Maler, marle

Explanation of realm by Wordnet Dictionary


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

    2. it was a limited realm of discourse
      the realm of the occult
    3. the domain ruled by a king or queen

    4. a domain in which something is dominant

    5. the rise of the realm of cotton in the south

    Definition of realm by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Realm ( rĕlm ), n. [OE. realme, ream, reaume, OF. reialme, roialme, F. royaume, fr. ( assumed ) LL. regalimen, from L. regalis royal. See Regal.]
      1. A royal jurisdiction or domain; a region which is under the dominion of a king; a kingdom.

      The absolute master of realms on which the sun perpetually shone. Motley.

      2. Hence, in general, province; region; country; domain; department; division; as, “the realm of fancy”.