Meaning of “real” - Learner’s Dictionary

real

adjective uk us /rɪəl/
NOT IMAGINED

A2 existing and not imagined:

He's not real you know, he's just a character in a book.
Romance is never like that in real life.
TRUE

B1 true and not pretended:

What was the real reason she didn't come?
Is that your real name?
NOT ARTIFICIAL

A2 not artificial or false:

It's not a toy gun, it's the real thing.
FOR EMPHASIS [ always before noun ]

B2 used to emphasize a noun:

She was a real help.

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(Definition of “real adjective” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)