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 Julietb : 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 of heroine from the Web
Unsung heroines were the wives and partners — Fernande Olivier, Olga Khokhlova, Dora Maar, Marie-Thérèse Walter, Françoise Gilot, Jacqueline Roque — who posed for Picasso and gave him inspiration.
Lilly King, the indomitable swim heroine of the Rio Olympics, was having trouble with the aftermath.
The new film based on the DC Comic heroine delivered a massive $101 million in domestic ticket sales, the third best debut of the year to date.
Though this heroine, in her trademark red-and-gold bustier, has been around for more than 75 years — making her debut in World War II-era comic books, where she was known to employ the expletive above —
Vixen is a heroine in need of worship, if not for anything but this: While other superheroes are trying to hide their identities, McCabe is just herself.
The play’s dramatic ending is pure Wharton, whose heroine chooses defiant loneliness rather than the love of an unworthy man.
And yet, her story and overlapping identities—a superhero in a world of humans and a heroine in a world of heroes—felt uniquely familiar to me.
At such events, Clinton has been treated more like a conquering heroine than the loser of an election -- with more outward affection and enthusiasm than during the campaign.
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Origin and Etymology of heroine
Latin heroina, from Greek hērōinē, feminine of hērōs
First Known Use: 1587See Words from the same year
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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