Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A community or territory over which a sovereign rules; a kingdom.
  • n. A field, sphere, or province: the realm of science. See Synonyms at field.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An abstract sphere of influence, real or imagined.
  • n. The domain of a certain abstraction.
  • n. A territory or state, as ruled by a specific power, and particularly those territories ruled by a king.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A royal jurisdiction or domain; a region which is under the dominion of a king; a kingdom.
  • n. Hence, in general, province; region; country; domain; department; division.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A royal jurisdiction or extent of government; a king's dominions; a kingdom.
  • n. Figuratively, a jurisdiction or domain in general; a sphere of power, influence, or operation; province; arena.
  • n. In zoögeog., a prime division of the earth's surface; a faunal area of the largest extent; a zoölogical region of the first order.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a domain in which something is dominant
  • n. the domain ruled by a king or queen
  • n. a knowledge domain that you are interested in or are communicating about

Etymologies

Middle English realme, from Old French, alteration (influenced by Old French reial, royal) of Latin regimen, government, from regere, to rule.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French reaume, realme ("kingdom"), of unclear origins. A postulated *rēgālimen, Late Latin cross of regimen with rēgālis is usually cited. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It is the realm of _psychical life_; and, still more decidedly and more evidently, the _realm of mind_.

    The Theories of Darwin and Their Relation to Philosophy, Religion, and Morality

  • A series of recent mind-bending laboratory experiments has given scientists an unprecedented peek behind the quantum veil, confirming that this realm is as mysterious as imagined.

    Thor's Day

  • The subconscious never sleeps and this realm is a vast resource for a writer.

    Hypnosis for Writer’s Block « Write Anything

  • In one, the seams are sealed so tight that they are imperceptible; the realm is a closed system, without portals or rifts; it has no contact with any other realms; there is no crosshatching between alternative (i.e. temporal) elsewhens or palimpsesting of alterior (i.e. nomological) elsewhens; everything takes place within that realm.

    Notes on Strange Fiction: Seams

  • And in his pursuit of truth, he ventured beyond science and religion to what he called the realm of mysticism.

    Savage Peace

  • And to actually go to what we call a realm, because the queen is head of state of New Zealand and to undertake engagements on behalf of her is the first step in his grooming for kingship.

    CNN Transcript Jun 21, 2005

  • These four adjectives, cosmic, universal, material, and infinite are almost interchangeable, and apply, as we see, to that realm of the non-individual existence which we call the realm of the substantial death.

    Fantasia of the Unconscious

  • This in itself bespeaks a measure of human control, since it implies that that world is separate and somewhat unusual: most of the time things do not belong to the occult realm, which is to say, most of the time things are normal.

    In the Valley of the Shadow

  • Mike, another tally that should be made in the double dipping realm is the number of past PDC employees and their consulting amounts after they leave PDC.

    Top dog at Metro: $197K (and on the outs) (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • What makes him unusual within the speaking realm is that he's not self-serving.

    The Self-Made Man Behind the Marvel

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  • You slept better in a sleeping train in a shed in a station
    With a torch and a Woman's Realm to keep you warm,
    To keep you company.


    (Women's realm, by Belle and Sebastian)

    September 16, 2008