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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Created in the 1980s, then revived in the 1990s as a spoof of gritty superheroes, Lobo became a fan favorite in his own right. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "In season 2, Krypton keeps viewers guessing," 12 June 2019 Rather than Wonder Woman and Black Panther, a new Imax 3-D film stars a different type of superhero — dogs whose powers have helped save people and animals. Washington Post, "Real, furry superheroes get their own movie," 4 June 2019 The Eternals follows the story of a group of near-immortal superheroes known as Eternals who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations. Ale Russian,, "Angelina Jolie Is Focused on Her Kids and a Return to the Spotlight as She Turns 44," 4 June 2019 Neilson BarnardGetty Images The next big thing in the world of superheroes? Abigail Haworth, Marie Claire, "African Female Superheroes Are About to Take Over," 16 May 2019 Timely would transform into Marvel Comics by the 1960s, when Lee was tasked with creating a team of superheroes to compete with DC Comics' Justice League. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Farewell to Stan Lee, a Marvel Comics Legend," 12 Nov. 2018 Green Lantern and Green Arrow, one of the most famous superhero duos in the DC pantheon, come together once again in this month’s The Green Lantern, while the second volume of Boom! Christian Holub,, "5 comics to read this June: Twisted team-ups and games gone wrong," 4 June 2019 Jolie is also set to make her first superhero appearance in Marvel’s upcoming The Eternals alongside Game of Thrones and Bodyguard‘s Richard Madden. Ale Russian,, "Angelina Jolie Is Focused on Her Kids and a Return to the Spotlight as She Turns 44," 4 June 2019 After the carnage had ended, Holzhauer earned a fitting, superhero tribute from Jennings as well. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Ken Jennings salutes James Holzhauer's 'reign of destruction' on 'Jeopardy!' ‏," 3 June 2019

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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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