heroine

noun her·o·ine \ ˈher-ə-wən , ˈhir- , ˈhe-rə- \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of heroine

1 a : a mythological or legendary woman often of divine descent having great strength or ability
b : a woman admired and emulated for her achievements and qualities
  • American heroines such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Rosa Parks
  • remembered as the heroine of the flood
2 a : the principal female character in a literary or dramatic work
  • the heroine of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
b : the central female figure in an event or period

Examples of heroine in a Sentence

  1. The town remembered her as the heroine of the flood and erected a statue in her honor.

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Origin and Etymology of heroine

Latin heroina, from Greek hērōinē, feminine of hērōs

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HEROINE Defined for English Language Learners

heroine

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Definition of heroine for English Language Learners

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

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


HEROINE Defined for Kids

heroine

noun her·o·ine \ ˈher-ə-wən \

Definition of heroine for Students

1 : a woman admired for great deeds or fine qualities Eleanor Roosevelt is remembered as a heroine during hard times.
2 : the chief female character in a story, poem, or play

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