Definition of realm in English:

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Pronunciation: /relm/


archaic, literary, or Law
1A kingdom: the peers of the realm the defense of the realm
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  • The latter term would be reserved for actions relating to the armed forces and the defence of the realm.
  • The defence of the realm, which is the Crown's first duty, is the paradigm of so grave a matter.
  • The only avenue for a Norman legal order, common to the realm, was through a loyal judiciary.
kingdom, country, land, dominion, nation
1.1A field or domain of activity or interest: the realm of applied chemistry
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  • To use them to catch foxes is something that is certainly not beyond the realms of possibility,’ he said.
  • Therefore, do not consider even bothering to try asking for any help as it is completely beyond the realms of possibility that you will be able to find a helpful face in the entire store.
  • Yes councillor, it is not beyond the realms of possibility for councillors, highways, and bus company management to sort out some solution.
domain, sphere, area, field, world, province, territory
1.2 Zoology A primary biogeographical division of the earth’s surface.
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  • The gyre we planned to survey is one of the largest ocean realms on Earth, and one of five major subtropical gyres on the planet.
  • The species are representative of both the Midcontinent and Atlantic faunal realms, but dominantly the former.
  • The Ordovician faunas described herein represent both the Midcontinent and Atlantic faunal realms.


Middle English rewme, from Old French reaume, from Latin regimen 'government' (see regimen). The spelling with -l- (standard from circa1600) was influenced by Old French reiel 'royal'.

Words that rhyme with realm

antebellum, cerebellum, elm, helm, overwhelm, pelham, underwhelm, vellum

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Syllabification: realm

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