Definition of realia in US English:



  • Objects and material from everyday life, especially when used as teaching aids.

    • ‘This would go beyond the realia of Temple worship and the specific prescriptions of the Torah to a valuation of corporate worship; in what way is liturgy a resource for theology?’
    • ‘Every previous historical or scientific approach to memory, whether national or social, has concerned itself with realia, with things in themselves and in their immediate reality.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The three in Part 5 relate to the Greco-Roman world: one on theurgy, two on Apuleius in relation to realia, and an Ostian Mithraeum.’


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