her·​o·​ine | \ ˈher-ə-wən How to pronounce heroine (audio) , ˈhir-, ˈhe-rə- How to pronounce heroine (audio) \

Definition of heroine

1a : 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
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.
Recent Examples on the Web The president, meanwhile, has been featured as a Japanese-style anime heroine and has posed, lightsaber in hand, with Star Wars fans. Washington Post, "Taiwanese, motivated by the lessons of Hong Kong, turn out in droves to vote," 11 Jan. 2020 Curtis's performance recognizes Hedwig as both genderqueer heroine and Kanye-sized drama queen. oregonlive, "Portland Center Stage gives ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ a raucous homecoming," 7 Jan. 2020 Other fans have argued for the fiercely independent heroine and the murderous man-child not to hook up, for the reasons hinted at in the Boyega tweet. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Imagining a Better End to The Rise of Skywalker," 4 Jan. 2020 The lineup included relative newcomers Daisy Ridley, as the heroine Rey, and Adam Driver as her evil foil Kylo Ren. Fortune, "Newest Star Wars Film Produces Another Box Office Hit for Disney," 23 Dec. 2019 Wonder Woman, the lasso-wielding super heroine and member of the Justice League. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "The 'Wonder Woman: 1984' Trailer Embraces the Decade With a Very '80s Song Choice," 8 Dec. 2019 The trailer introduced the heroine Hua Mulan and showcased her transformation from obedient daughter to China’s greatest warrior. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Mulan Is Back! See the Powerful New Trailer for Disney's Action-Packed, Live-Action Remake," 5 Dec. 2019 The past 20 years have focused on TV’s male anti-heroes, which makes this anti-heroine even more precious. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 27 Dec. 2019 The trend towards female heroines wearing sensible attire is certainly a promising shift in the cinematic landscape. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "In Frozen 2, Elsa Finally Gets to Wear the Pants. But Is a Wardrobe Change Enough?," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of heroine

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for heroine

Latin heroina, from Greek hērōinē, feminine of hērōs

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The first known use of heroine was in 1587

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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Heroine.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heroine. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of heroine

: a woman who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities
: the chief female character in a story, play, movie, etc.


her·​o·​ine | \ ˈher-ə-wən How to pronounce heroine (audio) \

Kids Definition of heroine

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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