Realia Definition

rē-ālē-ə, -älē-ə
Objects, such as coins, household items, or natural specimens, that are included in a collection primarily composed of documentary materials, as in a library.
American Heritage
Objects from everyday life, used as in teaching a foreign language.
Webster's New World
Objects drawn from real life that are used in classroom instruction.
American Heritage
Images or illustrations that represent such objects, especially in a textbook.
American Heritage
Real things or facts, especially in contrast to interpretations or idealized representations of them.
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Origin of Realia

  • Latin reālia neuter pl. of reālis real, actual real1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin realia, neuter plural of realis (“real").

    From Wiktionary

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