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 Dictionary entry overview: What does surreal mean? 

SURREAL (adjective)
  The adjective SURREAL has 2 senses:

1. characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtapositions
2. resembling a dream

  Familiarity information: SURREAL used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SURREAL (adjective)

Sense 1surreal [BACK TO TOP]


Characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtapositions


phantasmagoric; phantasmagorical; surreal; surrealistic

Context examples:

a great concourse of phantasmagoric shadows / the incongruous imagery in surreal art and literature


unrealistic (not realistic)

Sense 2surreal [BACK TO TOP]


Resembling a dream


dreamlike; surreal

Context examples:

night invested the lake with a dreamlike quality / as irrational and surreal as a dream


unreal (not actually such; being or seeming fanciful or imaginary)

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