su·​per·​hero | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌhir-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce superhero (audio) , -ˌhē-(ˌ)rō\

Definition of superhero

: a fictional hero having extraordinary or superhuman powers also : an exceptionally skillful or successful person

Examples of superhero in a Sentence

The people who do this dangerous work are real-life superheroes who deserve our gratitude.

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Angelina Jolie is reportedly in talks to star in Marvel's upcoming superhero movie The Eternals, although her potential role in the film is not yet known. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Could Be Starring in a Marvel Superhero Movie," 28 Mar. 2019 But Ryan Coogler’s Marvel epic, the first superhero movie ever nominated for best picture, is unique in many ways. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "What will win best picture? It’s a maddeningly close race," 20 Feb. 2019 Cinema is already dangerously close to superhero franchise fatigue, trying to shoehorn Deadpool/X-Force into the rebooted X-Men universe might end up being a bit groan-inducing. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "We Need to Talk About That Deadpool 2 Credits Scene," 21 May 2018 Marvel isn’t even the only superhero franchise that relies on these MacGuffins. Gary Thompson,, "What are the infinity stones that drive the plot of 'Avengers: Infinity War'?," 25 Apr. 2018 After the success of Spider-Man: Homecoming last year, Sony Pictures is expanding the superhero franchise with the animated Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller., "Tom Hardy's Venom finally revealed in new trailer," 24 Apr. 2018 For the first installment of the superhero franchise in 2016, Lively poked fun at her husband's promo posters with this hilarious comparison: Now for this week's WHO WORE IT BETTER... Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ryan Reynolds Trolls Blake Lively in the Deadpool 2 Trailer Because His Savagery Knows No Limits," 22 Mar. 2018 Gal Gadot will return as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince under the direction of Jenkins, who will be continuing Hollywood’s first major female superhero franchise - which will also now have a female villain as well. David Betancourt,, "Kristen Wiig will play the villain in ‘Wonder Woman’ sequel, director confirms," 10 Mar. 2018 After all, what comic fan wouldn’t salivate at the chance to take on the roles of their favorite superheroes? Michael Thompson, Ars Technica, "Drawn together: The love affair between comics and games," 24 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of superhero

1899, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of superhero

: a fictional character who has amazing powers (such as the ability to fly)
: a very heroic person


su·​per·​he·​ro | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌhir-ō How to pronounce superhero (audio) , -ˌhē-rō\

Kids Definition of superhero

: a fictional hero having extraordinary or superhuman powers

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