heroine

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noun her·o·ine \ˈher-ə-wən, ˈhir-, ˈhe-rə-\

Definition of heroine

  1. 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

  2. 2a :  the principal female character in a literary or dramatic work the heroine of Shakespeare's Romeo and Julietb :  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.

Origin and Etymology of heroine

Latin heroina, from Greek hērōinē, feminine of hērōs


First Known Use: 1587

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HEROINE Defined for English Language Learners

heroine

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noun her·o·ine \ˈher-ə-wən, ˈhir-, ˈhe-rə-\

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

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noun her·o·ine \ˈher-ə-wən\

Definition of heroine for Students

  1. 1 :  a woman admired for great deeds or fine qualities Eleanor Roosevelt is remembered as a heroine during hard times.

  2. 2 :  the chief female character in a story, poem, or play


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