- An example of real is an actual designer purse as opposed to a fake.
- An example of real is a serious problem.
- existing or happening as or in fact; actual, true, etc.; not merely seeming, pretended, imagined, fictitious, nominal, or ostensible
- authentic; genuine
- not pretended; sincere
- designating wages or income as measured by purchasing power
- Law of or relating to permanent, immovable things: real property
- Math. designating or of the part of a complex number that is not imaginary: all irrational and rational numbers are real numbers
- Optics of or relating to an image made by the actual meeting of light rays at a point
- Philos. existing objectively; specif.,
- actual; not merely possible or ideal
- essential, absolute, ultimate; not relative, derivative, etc.
Origin of realOld French ; from Medieval Latin realis ; from Classical Latin res, thing ; from Indo-European base an unverified form rei-, property, thing from source Sanskrit rai, wealth, property
Origin of realSpanish and amp; Port, literally , royal ; from Classical Latin regalis: see regal
- pl. re·ais′
Origin of realPort: see real the basic monetary unit of Brazil
- a. Being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verifiable existence: real objects; a real illness.b. True and actual; not imaginary, alleged, or ideal: real people, not ghosts; a film based on real life.c. Of or founded on practical matters and concerns: a recent graduate experiencing the real world for the first time.
- Genuine and authentic; not artificial or spurious: real mink; real humility.
- Being no less than what is stated; worthy of the name: a real friend.
- Free of pretense, falsehood, or affectation: tourists hoping for a real experience on the guided tour.
- Not to be taken lightly; serious: in real trouble.
- Philosophy Existing objectively in the world regardless of subjectivity or conventions of thought or language.
- Relating to, being, or having value reckoned by actual purchasing power: real income; real growth.
- Physics Of, relating to, or being an image formed by light rays that converge in space.
- Mathematics Of, relating to, or being a real number.
- Law Of or relating to stationary or fixed property, such as buildings or land.
- A thing or whole having actual existence. Often used with the: theories beyond the realm of the real.
- Mathematics A real number.
Origin of realMiddle English, from Old French, from Late Latin realis, from Latin r&emacron;s, thing; see r&emacron;- in Indo-European roots.
nounpl. re·als or re·al·es
Origin of realSpanish, royal, real, from Latin r&emacron;galis, royal, from r&emacron;x, r&emacron;g-, king; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
- A unit of currency formerly used in Portugal.
- See Table at currency.
Origin of realPortuguese, royal, real, from Latin r&emacron;galis, royal; see real2.
- Real Madrid, a football club from Madrid.
real - Investment & Finance Definition
The currency unit of Brazil, comprised of 100 centavos.