Definition of realm in English:

realm

noun

Law
archaic, literary
  • 1A kingdom:

    ‘the defence of the realm’
    • ‘The latter term would be reserved for actions relating to the armed forces and the defence of the realm.’
    • ‘Because such a warranty belongs in the realm of the law of contract not tort.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Along it, empires, kingdoms, and colonial realms have been plunged into war and bloodshed.’
    kingdom, sovereign state, monarchy
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    1. 1.1 A field or domain of activity or interest:
      ‘the realm of applied chemistry’
      ‘an overall Labour majority is not beyond the realms of possibility’
      • ‘An upset today is hardly beyond the realms of possibility.’
      • ‘Yes councillor, it is not beyond the realms of possibility for councillors, highways, and bus company management to sort out some solution.’
      • ‘In fact, we are now in the realm of complex payment, where payment is in a foreign currency and there is a string of banks.’
      • ‘Miriam thought it was unlikely to be sold as a residential property but it was not beyond the realms of possibility.’
      • ‘It's once you leave the conceptual realm and enter the realm of execution that things get messy.’
      • ‘As yet there is no release date, and while having the first showing in Skipton is not beyond the realms of possibility, it remains a hope.’
      • ‘It was not beyond the realms of possibility that New Zealand could have beaten Australia and qualified for Athens.’
      • ‘Is this beyond the realms of possibility given the government's action in the last few weeks?’
      • ‘We have truly entered the realms of the bizarre.’
      • ‘I know that that will not occur; it is beyond the realms of possibility.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Behind the scenes negotiations mean there is no move that is beyond the realms of possibility.’
      • ‘The matter was however even to him, well within the realms of abstruse cyclone theory.’
      • ‘The use of torture to elicit information is not beyond the realm of possibility.’
      • ‘So, we are talking at this stage entirely in the realms of the hypothetical?’
      • ‘We will come to that in the later arguments but this is all in the realm of the unwritten law.’
      • ‘To use them to catch foxes is something that is certainly not beyond the realms of possibility,’ he said.’
      • ‘One might then be closer to the realm of saying that one is interfering with the procedures that apply.’
      • ‘This does postulate quite a large realm of immunity to the doctors and the social workers.’
      • ‘But for the first time for ages it didn't seem beyond the realms of possibility.’
      domain, sphere, area, field, department, arena
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    2. 1.2Zoology A primary biogeographical division of the earth's surface:
      ‘this zoogeographical realm includes Africa south of the Atlas Mountains’
      • ‘This section is highlighted by excellent summaries of the major biogeographic realms and their endemic faunas.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There are so many species unique to Australia that, along with New Guinea, Australia forms one of the world's greatest zoogeographic realms.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

Middle English rewme, from Old French reaume, from Latin regimen government (see regimen). The spelling with -l- (standard from c. 1600) was influenced by Old French reiel royal.

Pronunciation:

realm

/rɛlm/