Definition of realia in English:


Pronunciation /rēˈālēə/ /riˈeɪliə/


  • 1Objects and material from everyday life, especially when used as teaching aids.

    ‘the industrial English language course makes extensive and varied use of realia, such as specifications, extracts from company brochures, manuals, diagrams, etc.’
    • ‘Teachers can provide this support by using the chalkboard, realia, and other visual aids.’
    • ‘The trajectory of Ronell's writing is hard to chart because the centrifugal force of her thematic materials accelerates them into collisions with realia, whence new particles emerge.’
    • ‘It also displays the tension between a traditional lexicon and evolving technology, where the obsolescence of a piece of equipment or a practice may leave specific terms without an underpinning in realia.’
    • ‘Every previous historical or scientific approach to memory, whether national or social, has concerned itself with realia, with things in themselves and in their immediate reality.’
    • ‘The three in Part 5 relate to the Greco-Roman world: one on theurgy, two on Apuleius in relation to realia, and an Ostian Mithraeum.’
    • ‘This would go beyond the realia of Temple worship and the specific prescriptions of the Torah to a valuation of corporate worship; in what way is liturgy a resource for theology?’
  • 2Real things or actual facts, especially as distinct from theories about or reactions to them.


Mid 19th century from late Latin, neuter plural (used as a noun) of realis ‘relating to things’ (see real).