Origin of realiaLL, neuter plural of realis, real
- An example of realia is a gold coin.
- An example of realia is a real squid brought into a science classroom.
Realia is defined as objects associated with real life.
plural nounused with a sing. or pl. verb
- Objects, such as coins, household items, or natural specimens, that are included in a collection primarily composed of documentary materials, as in a library.
- a. Objects drawn from real life that are used in classroom instruction.b. Images or illustrations that represent such objects, especially in a textbook.
- Real things or facts, especially in contrast to interpretations or idealized representations of them: “a chronicle … that emphasized whimsical detail rather than social realia” ( Catriona Kelly )
Origin of realiaLatin reālia neuter pl. of reālis real, actual ; see real 1.
From Late Latin realia, neuter plural of realis (“real").
- It was the history, the realia of the literature, that always interested him; he did not care for Arabic poetry as such, and the then much praised Hariri seemed to him a grammatical pedant.