Definition of heroine
1a : a mythological or legendary woman often of divine descent having great strength or abilityb : 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>
2a : 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
The town remembered her as the heroine of the flood and erected a statue in her honor.
Origin and Etymology of heroine
Latin heroina, from Greek hērōinē, feminine of hērōs
First Known Use: 1587
HEROINE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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