hero

noun (1)
he·​ro | \ ˈhir-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce hero (audio) \
plural heroes

Definition of hero

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability
b : an illustrious warrior
c : a person admired for achievements and noble qualities
d : one who shows great courage
2a : the principal character in a literary or dramatic work used specifically of a principal male character especially when contrasted with heroine A special feature was the cliff-hanger ending when hero, heroine, or both found themselves confronting a violent demise …— Ira Konigsberg now also used of a principal character who is female … action movies with female heroes are emerging more frequently, and with increasing quality.— William Bibbiani
b : the central figure in an event, period, or movement
3 plural usually heros : submarine entry 2 sense 2
4 : an object of extreme admiration and devotion : idol

Hero

noun (2)

Definition of Hero (Entry 2 of 2)

: a legendary priestess of Aphrodite loved by Leander

Synonyms for hero

Synonyms: Noun (1)

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Examples of hero in a Sentence

Noun (1) 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 Greater authors—Arthur Conan Doyle most notably—have been in the same dilemma when seeking closure. And, like Conan Doyle, Rowling has won imperishable renown for giving us an identifiable hero and a fine caricature of a villain, and for making a fictional bit of King's Cross station as luminous as a certain address on nearby Baker Street. — Christopher Hitchens, New York Times Book Review, 12 Aug. 2007 Here's a novel by a decorated war hero with a fictional Middle Eastern desert war at its core. It pits an American-led coalition against a potentially lethal enemy … — Lorenzo Carcaterra, People, 3 June 1991 Other physicists, long wedded to the notion that nothing can escape from a black hole, have generally come to accept that discovery. And the stuff emitted from little black holes (and big ones too, but far more slowly) is now called Hawking radiation. "In general relativity and early cosmology, Hawking is the hero," says Rocky Kolb, a physicist at Fermilab in Illinois. — Leon Jaroff, Time, 8 Feb. 1988 He returned from the war a national hero. the hero of a rescue She was a hero for standing up to the government. His father has always been his hero. He has always been a hero to his son. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Until now, the artist and activist has been something of an unsung hero, one who remains in constant pursuit of beauty. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 22 Sep. 2022 The upset over the No. 6 team in the country came thanks in large part to an unlikely hero. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 20 Sep. 2022 For those who need a classy hauler right away—and want to be able to slalom around obstacles with the same ease as driving straight over them—the V-8 First Edition is an alley-escaping action hero. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 20 Sep. 2022 Aviator Charles Lindbergh, an international hero, became the spokesperson for the isolationist America First Committee, claiming that the country was being dragged into war by the British, the Roosevelt administration and the Jews. Robert Lloyd, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Sep. 2022 Kurt Russell's lunkheaded trucker Jack Burton is an all-time accidental hero – maybe not the first but definitely the best choice to take on supernatural villains. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2022 Aviator Charles Lindbergh, an international hero, became the spokesperson for the isolationist America First Committee, claiming that the country was being dragged into war by the British, the Roosevelt administration and the Jews. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2022 It’s an era filled with danger, deception and intrigue where Cassian will embark on the path that is destined to turn him into a rebel hero. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 16 Sep. 2022 In the past year, Britney Spears has gotten married, become an internet folk hero, and successfully ended an infamous conservatorship. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 13 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hero

Noun (1)

circa 1522, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hero

Noun (1)

Latin heros, from Greek hērōs

Noun (2)

Latin, from Greek Hērō

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The first known use of hero was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for hero

hero

noun
he·​ro | \ ˈhir-ō How to pronounce hero (audio) , ˈhē-rō \
plural heroes

Kids Definition of hero

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

Hero biographical name

He·​ro | \ ˈhē-(ˌ)rō How to pronounce Hero (audio) , ˈhir-(ˌ)ō \
variants: or Heron \ ˈhē-​ˌrän How to pronounce Hero (audio) \

Definition of Hero

1st century a.d. Greek scientist

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