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[relm] /rɛlm/
a royal domain; kingdom:
the realm of England.
the region, sphere, or domain within which anything occurs, prevails, or dominates:
the realm of dreams.
the special province or field of something or someone:
the realm of physics; facts within the realm of political scientists.
Origin of realm
0250-1300; Middle English realme, reaume < Old French reialme, derivative of reial < Latin rēgālis regal 0
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underrealm, noun Unabridged
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/ rɛlm /
a royal domain; kingdom (now chiefly in such phrases as Peer of the Realm )
a field of interest, study, etc: the realm of the occult
Word Origin
C13: from Old French reialme , from Latin regimen rule, influenced by Old French reial royal, from Latin rēgālis regal 0
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Word Origin and History for realm

late 03c., "kingdom," from Old French reaume , probably from roiaume "kingdom," altered (by influence of Latin regalis "regal") from Gallo-Romance *regiminem , accusative form of Latin regimen "system of government, rule" (see regimen ). Transferred sense "sphere of activity" is from late 04c.

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