Real



[ree-uh l, reel] /ˈri əl, ril/

adjective
1.
true; not merely ostensible, nominal, or apparent:
the real reason for an act.
2.
existing or occurring as fact; actual rather than imaginary, ideal, or fictitious:
a story taken from real life.
3.
being an actual thing; having objective existence; not imaginary:
The events you will see in the film are real and not just made up.
4.
being actually such; not merely so-called:
a real victory.
5.
genuine; not counterfeit, artificial, or imitation; authentic:
a real antique; a real diamond; real silk.
6.
unfeigned or sincere:
real sympathy; a real friend.
7.
Informal. absolute; complete; utter:
She’s a real brain.
8.
Philosophy.

9.
(of money, income, or the like) measured in purchasing power rather than in nominal value:
Inflation has driven income down in real terms, though nominal income appears to be higher.
10.
Optics. (of an image) formed by the actual convergence of rays, as the image produced in a camera (opposed to ).
11.
Mathematics.

adverb
12.
Informal. very or extremely:
You did a real nice job painting the house.
noun
13.
.
14.
the real.

Idioms
15.
for real, Informal.

[rey-ahl; Spanish re-ahl] /reɪˈɑl; Spanish rɛˈɑl/
noun, plural reals
[rey-ahlz] /reɪˈɑlz/ (Show IPA). Spanish, reales
[re-ah-les] /rɛˈɑ lɛs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a former silver coin of Spain and Spanish America, the eighth part of a peso.
[rey-ahl; Portuguese re-ahl] /reɪˈɑl; Portuguese rɛˈɑl/
noun
1.
singular of .
[reys; Portuguese reys] /reɪs; Portuguese reɪs/
plural noun, singular real
[rey-ahl; Portuguese re-ahl] /reɪˈɑl; Portuguese rɛˈɑl/ (Show IPA)
1.
a former money of account of Portugal and Brazil.
/ˈrɪəl/
adjective
1.
existing or occurring in the physical world; not imaginary, fictitious, or theoretical; actual
2.
(prenominal) true; actual; not false: the real reason
3.
(prenominal) deserving the name; rightly so called: a real friend, a real woman
4.
not artificial or simulated; genuine: real sympathy, real fur
5.
(of food, etc) traditionally made and having a distinct flavour: real ale, real cheese
6.
(philosophy) existent or relating to actual existence (as opposed to nonexistent, potential, contingent, or apparent)
7.
(prenominal) (economics) (of prices, incomes, wages, etc) considered in terms of purchasing power rather than nominal currency value
8.
(prenominal) denoting or relating to immovable property such as land and tenements: real property Compare personal
9.
(physics) Compare image (sense 2)
10.
(maths) involving or containing real numbers alone; having no imaginary part
11.
(music)

12.
(informal) (intensifier): a real fool, a real genius
13.
the real thing, the genuine article, not an inferior or mistaken substitute
noun
14.
short for real number
15.
the real, that which exists in fact; reality
16.
(slang) for real, not as a test or trial; in earnest
/reɪˈɑːl; Spanish reˈal/
noun (pl) reals, reales (Spanish) (reˈales)
1.
a former small Spanish or Spanish-American silver coin
/Portuguese reˈal/
noun (pl) reis (rəjʃ)
1.
the standard monetary unit of Brazil, divided into 100 centavos
2.
a former coin of Portugal
adj.

early 14c., “actually existing, true;” mid-15c., “relating to things” (especially property), from Old French reel “real, actual,” from Late Latin realis “actual,” in Medieval Latin “belonging to the thing itself,” from Latin res “matter, thing,” of uncertain origin. Meaning “genuine” is recorded from 1550s; sense of “unaffected, no-nonsense” is from 1847.

Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand. [Margery Williams, “The Velveteen Rabbit”]

Real estate is first recorded 1660s and retains the oldest English sense of the word. Noun phrase real time is early 19c. as a term in logic and philosophy, 1953 as an adjectival phrase; get real, usually an interjection, was U.S. college slang in 1960s, reached wide popularity c.1987.

n.

“small Spanish silver coin,” 1580s, from Spanish real, noun use of real (adj.) “regal,” from Latin regalis “regal” (see regal). Especially in reference to the real de plata, which circulated in the U.S. till c.1850 and in Mexico until 1897. The same word was used in Middle English in reference to various coins, from Old French real, cognate of the Spanish word.

The old system of reckoning by shillings and pence is continued by retail dealers generally; and will continue, as long as the Spanish coins remain in circulation. [Bartlett, “Dictionary of Americanisms,” 1848]

He adds that, due to different exchange rates of metal to paper money in the different states, the Spanish money had varying names from place to place. The Spanish real of one-eighth of a dollar or 12 and a half cents was a ninepence in New England, one shilling in New York, elevenpence or a levy in Pennsylvania, “and in many of the Southern States, a bit.” The half-real was in New York a sixpence, in New England a fourpence, in Pennsylvania a fip, in the South a picayune.

adverb

Really; truly (1658+)

Related Terms

for real, it’s been real

1. Not simulated. Often used as a specific antonym to virtual in any of its jargon senses.
2. real number.
[Jargon File]
(1997-03-12)
In addition to the idiom beginning with
real

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