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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First Known Use of superhero

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of superhero was in 1899

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18 May 2022

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“Superhero.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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