noun he·ro \ˈhir-(ˌ)ō\

: a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities

: a person who is greatly admired

: the chief male character in a story, play, movie, etc.

plural he·roes

Full Definition of HERO

a :  a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability
b :  an illustrious warrior
c :  a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities
d :  one who shows great courage
a :  the principal male character in a literary or dramatic work
b :  the central figure in an event, period, or movement
plural usually he·ros :  submarine 2
:  an object of extreme admiration and devotion :  idol

Examples of HERO

  1. He returned from the war a national hero.
  2. the hero of a rescue
  3. She was a hero for standing up to the government.
  4. His father has always been his hero.
  5. He has always been a hero to his son.
  6. A motto of his hero, Thomas Edison, is inscribed on a favorite sweatshirt : To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. —Britt Robson, Mother Jones, May/June 2008

Origin of HERO

Latin heros, from Greek hērōs
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to HERO

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms

elysian, fay, muse, nimbus, phoenix

Rhymes with HERO



Definition of HERO

:  a legendary priestess of Aphrodite loved by Leander

Origin of HERO

Latin, from Greek Hērō
First Known Use: 14th century


biographical name He·ro \ˈhē-(ˌ)rō, ˈhir-(ˌ)ō\

Definition of HERO

1st cent. a.d. Greek scientist

Variants of HERO

He·ro or He·ron \ˈhē-ˌrän\
HEROES Defined for Kids


noun he·ro \ˈhir-ō, ˈhē-rō\
plural heroes

Definition of HERO for Kids

:  a person admired for great deeds or fine qualities <We study heroes of our nation's history.>
:  a person who shows great courage <The firefighters were heroes.>
:  the chief male character in a story, play, or poem


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