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.
Recent Examples on the Web Originally created by Gardner Fox and Murphy Anderson, Zatanna is a magician superhero who casts powerful spells by speaking backward. Christian Holub,, "Why an Emerald Fennell Zatanna movie sounds so promising," 22 Mar. 2021 More interesting is the second half of the epilogue, which formally introduces a new superhero — but not before showing the audience an incredibly dark future. Chris Smith, BGR, "Forget the Snyder Cut and just watch this post-credits scene – it’s amazing," 19 Mar. 2021 In the 21st-century DC Comics canon, Ryan Choi is eventually known as the Atom, a superhero who can get really tiny — basically the DC version of Ant-Man. Ryan Britt, Vulture, "How the Snyder Cut Changes the DCEU," 18 Mar. 2021 In the Young Avengers comics, Tommy ends up becoming Speed, a speedster superhero just like Pietro. Seventeen, "What are Billy and Tommy's Powers in "WandaVision"?," 12 Feb. 2021 In the movies, a superhero like Superman or the Flash can move faster than the speed of light, reversing time and giving him a second chance to undo mistakes. NBC News, "How an unprecedented fan campaign powered Zack Snyder's cut of 'Justice League'," 17 Mar. 2021 It’s not a coincidence that those were the first solo outings for a Black and a female superhero in that franchise. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Snyder Cut Is a Better Version of Justice League. But It Sets a Dangerous Precedent," 15 Mar. 2021 WandaVision also introduces Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) as a superhero, and the finale gave us a look at the twins in action. Chris Smith, BGR, "‘WandaVision’ finale: Everything is explained," 5 Mar. 2021 Crenshaw loosens his tie, removes his shirt, and parachutes into Georgia like a comic-book superhero, landing on the car of some unsuspecting antifa members, who wail in terror. John Patrick Leary, The New Republic, "The Twisted “Patriotism” of the Far Right," 5 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of superhero

1899, in the meaning defined above

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“Superhero.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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