Definition of realia in English:

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Pronunciation: /reɪˈɑːlɪə/
Pronunciation: /rɪˈeɪlɪə/


[mass noun]
Objects and material from everyday life used as teaching aids: the industrial English language course makes extensive and varied use of realia, such as specifications, extracts from company brochures, manuals, diagrams, etc.
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  • Teachers can provide this support by using the chalkboard, realia, and other visual aids.
  • The trajectory of Ronell's writing is hard to chart because the centrifugal force of her thematic materials accelerates them into collisions with realia, whence new particles emerge.
  • It also displays the tension between a traditional lexicon and evolving technology, where the obsolescence of a piece of equipment or a practice may leave specific terms without an underpinning in realia.


1950s: from late Latin, neuter plural (used as a noun) of realis 'relating to things' (see real1).

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