su·per·hero | \ˈsü-pər-ˌhir-(ˌ)ō, -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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Black Panther' Ryan Coogler's film is, yes, a superhero movie that's part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Here are the best movies of 2018 (so far)," 11 July 2018 At first glance, a Marvel superhero flick and a 1980s Eddie Murphy comedy don’t appear to have much in common. Matthew Wilson, USA TODAY, "How 'Coming To America' paved the way for 'Black Panther' 30 years ago," 29 June 2018 American Airlines travelers now have a special way to celebrate the arrival of Marvel's latest superhero flick, Avengers: Infinity War, which is hitting movie screens nationwide. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "Check out this American Airlines plane with Avengers superheroes on it | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 Apr. 2018 The belief that an individual can be so reduced—to one tic, one wound, one need—may or may not inform the self-consciously stilted nature of the performances and dialogue (Wes Anderson now need not dip into superhero flicks). Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Does Legion Have a Soul?," 4 Apr. 2018 In the final scene of Marvel’s epic superhero flick Black Panther, King T’Challa addresses the United Nations in a fitted black-on-black suit. Elizabeth Wellington,, "Black Panther's dope scarf is thanks to a Philadelphia designer | Elizabeth Wellington," 22 Mar. 2018 Last week, it was announced Ava would be helming DC’s upcoming New Gods movie, making her the second woman to direct a major superhero flick following Patti Jenkins’ Wonder Woman. Connor Garel, Teen Vogue, "Ava DuVernay’s Cinematic Gospel Is Changing Hollywood Brick by Brick," 22 Mar. 2018 The Thai navy SEALs — along with the international team of divers who traveled to Mae Sai, the town nearest the cavern, to help — have quickly become immortalized as modern-day superheroes in various pieces of artwork. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "‘Hooyah, Hooyah, Hooyah’: Jubilation at Thai cave rescue spreads across the world," 10 July 2018 But though Ditko never quite reached the artistic or financial heights of his Marvel work again, his influence lingers in the building blocks of all superhero storytelling. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Steve Ditko’s Ordinary People," 10 July 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, -ˌhē-rō\

Kids Definition of superhero

: a fictional hero having extraordinary or superhuman powers

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