November 02, 2012
realm (noun)
\RELM\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : kingdom2 : field of influence or activity
How do you use it?
A whole new world of reading opened up for Brigit when she discovered the realm of science fiction.
Are you a word wiz?

One of the root words below is the ancestor of "realm." The others are out of the realm of possibility. Which of these roots do you think gave us "realm"?

You've mastered "realm" if you picked C. "Realm" descends from the Latin root word "regere," meaning "to direct." Latin speakers used "regere" to form "regimen," meaning "control." "Regimen" passed into French as "reiame" and eventually into English as "realme." It's no surprise that the English word "regimen," which originally meant "the act of governing," was also adopted from Latin "regimen." The word "regere" can also mean "to rule," and other members of the "regere" family have to do with ruling, including "regent" (a person who governs a kingdom when a monarch is not able to), and the word "rule" itself.
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