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Real appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • real rear wheel
  • a real rare whale
  • Real weird rear wheels
    (by Michael Dworkin and Bill Harvey)
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Real appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Traci, many do real aerodynamic art.
  • My god!… an OIC, if Fay met a real one, telegrams a reviver as Marge let enol aerate my afficionado gym.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the adjective real:

spoken English35.68%written English64.32% imaginative writing48.39%informational writing51.61%

Real is sometimes a misspelling of really or special.

The word real is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective real

What does real mean as an attribute of a noun?

Real is one of the top 50 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: more real / realer | most real / realest

  1. being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory
  2. no less than what is stated; worthy of the name
    • examples: the real reason | real war | a real friend | a real woman | meat and potatoes--I call that a real meal | it's time he had a real job | it's no penny-ante job--he's making real money
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • antonym: unreal
    • similar: proper; true
  3. not to be taken lightly
    • examples: statistics demonstrate that poverty and unemployment are very real problems | to the man sleeping regularly in doorways homelessness is real
    • similar: serious
  4. capable of being treated as fact
    • example: his brief time as Prime Minister brought few real benefits to the poor
    • synonym of real: tangible
    • similar: concrete
  5. being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something
  6. of, relating to, or representing an amount that is corrected for inflation
  7. having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary
  8. (of property) fixed or immovable
    • example: real property consists of land and buildings
    • similar: tangible
  9. coinciding with reality

Alternative definition of the adjective real


  1. That can be characterized as a confirmation of truth.
  2. That has physical existence.
  3. [economics] Having been adjusted to remove the effects of inflation; contrasted with nominal.
  4. [economics] Relating to the result of the actions of rational agents; relating to neoclassical economic models as opposed to Keynesian models.
  5. [mathematics, of a number] Being either a rational number, or the limit of a convergent infinite sequence of rational numbers: being one of a set of numbers with a one-to-one correspondence to the points on a line.
  6. (family) Related through a common ancestor, and not merely by marriage or adoption.
  7. [legal] Relating to immovable tangible property.
  8. That is an exemplary or pungent instance of a class or type.
  9. genuine, not faked.
  10. Genuine, not artificial.
  11. [slang] Signifying meritorious qualities or actions especially in regards to enjoying life, prowess at sports and success wooing potential partners.

Definition of the adverb real

What does real mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal

Alternative definition of the adverb real


  1. [US] [colloquial] really.

Definition of the noun real

What does real mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: reals (Portugese money) / reis (less preferred form; Portugese money) / reals (Spanish money) / reales (less preferred form; Spanish money) / reals (number)

  1. any rational or irrational number
  2. the basic unit of money in Brazil; equal to 100 centavos
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • more generic term: Brazilian monetary unit = monetary unit in Brazil
    • part: centavo = a fractional monetary unit of several countries: El Salvador and Sao Tome and Principe and Brazil and Argentina and Bolivia and Colombia and Cuba and the Dominican Republic and Ecuador and El Salvador and Guatemala and Honduras and Mexico and Nicaragua and Peru and the Philippines and Portugal
  3. an old small silver Spanish coin
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • more generic word: coin = a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money


  1. "Real": The Day of the Real, Perfect Plesiosaur is a 2013 sci-fi film written by Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Sachiko Tanaka and directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa.
  2. "Real" is a 2009 short film written and directed by Rafał Samusik.
  3. "Real" is a film.
    • starring: Trey Songz
    • genres: Comedy, Drama
    • tagline: be real and stick into the love...
    • rating: PG-13 (USA)


  1. Real a.k.a. Réal is a fictional character from the 2011 film Le Sens De L'humour.
  2. Real is a fictional character from the 1967 film The Rover, based on the novel of the same name by Joseph Conrad.
  3. Real a.k.a. Réal is a fictional character in the 2008 film Tout est parfait.
  4. Real is a fictional character from the 2013 adventure family romance film The Martin Girl.
  5. Real a.k.a. Réal is a fictional character from the 2002 film Chaos and Desire.

There are other characters with in their name, like Real Estate Agent and Real Estate Broker.


Who is Real?

Real a.k.a. Réal is a film costume designer.

Phrases with Real

Phrases starting with the word Real:

  1. Real Ale
  2. real gnp
  3. real ira
  4. real axis
  5. Real Deal
  6. real life
  7. Real line
  8. Real mode
  9. Real part
  10. real time
  11. Real-Life
  12. real-time
  13. Real Macoy
  14. real mccoy
  15. Real Mckoy
  16. Real Plane
  17. real stuff

Phrases ending with the word Real:

  1. For Real
  2. Get Real
  3. Pino Real

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Real

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Google previewSmitten (2013)

The Way of the Brilliant Flirt by Ariel Kiley, Simone Kornfeld

Being real means you honor these percepe tions and act accordingly. For example, a couple of cute males saunter over to you and your female companions, introduce themselves, and begin cone versation. During the interaction, the guy you ...

Google previewDeliberate Simplicity (2009)

How the Church Does More by Doing Less by Dave Browning

Often, being real means taking a less-formal approach. One of our first approaches to assimilating people into small groups at ...

Google previewA complete dictionary of music (1811)

to which is prefixed a familiar introduction to the first principles of that science by Thomas Busby

than four real parts: since, although the score consist of twenty, or even a greater number of staves, they are not all distinct parls in respect of harmony, though somewhat varied from each other for the accommodation of the several instruments ...

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Quotes about Real

It's rural America. It's where I came from. We always refer to ourselves as real America. Rural America, real America, real, real, America. (Dan Quayle)
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Scrabble value of R1E1A1L1

The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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