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.’
    • ‘The only avenue for a Norman legal order, common to the realm, was through a loyal judiciary.’
    • ‘The defence of the realm, which is the Crown's first duty, is the paradigm of so grave a matter.’
    • ‘Along it, empires, kingdoms, and colonial realms have been plunged into war and bloodshed.’
    • ‘Because such a warranty belongs in the realm of the law of contract not tort.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But for the first time for ages it didn't seem beyond the realms of possibility.’
      • ‘The use of torture to elicit information is not beyond the realm of possibility.’
      • ‘We will come to that in the later arguments but this is all in the realm of the unwritten law.’
      • ‘It's once you leave the conceptual realm and enter the realm of execution that things get messy.’
      • ‘Yes councillor, it is not beyond the realms of possibility for councillors, highways, and bus company management to sort out some solution.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The matter was however even to him, well within the realms of abstruse cyclone theory.’
      • ‘One might then be closer to the realm of saying that one is interfering with the procedures that apply.’
      • ‘We have truly entered the realms of the bizarre.’
      • ‘Is this beyond the realms of possibility given the government's action in the last few weeks?’
      • ‘Miriam thought it was unlikely to be sold as a residential property but it was not beyond the realms of possibility.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This does postulate quite a large realm of immunity to the doctors and the social workers.’
      • ‘It was not beyond the realms of possibility that New Zealand could have beaten Australia and qualified for Athens.’
      • ‘An upset today is hardly beyond the realms of possibility.’
      • ‘Behind the scenes negotiations mean there is no move that is beyond the realms of possibility.’
      • ‘So, we are talking at this stage entirely in the realms of the hypothetical?’
      • ‘To use them to catch foxes is something that is certainly not beyond the realms of possibility,’ he said.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This section is highlighted by excellent summaries of the major biogeographic realms and their endemic faunas.’

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/