: a mythological or legendary woman often of divine descent having great strength or ability
: 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
: the principal female character in a literary or dramatic work
the heroine of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
: 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.
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Latin heroina, from Greek hērōinē, feminine of hērōs