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.

Recent Examples on the Web

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 But far from faddish, there’s one superhero staple that has remained relatively under the radar and is now earning well deserved buzz: enzymes. Vogue, "The Star Exfoliating Ingredient That Will Give You Baby Skin," 6 July 2018 Watch the video above to see Florida Supercon fans dress up as their favorite characters, from princesses to superheroes to elves. Mike Stocker,, "Video: Florida Supercon fans show off their stunning costumes," 14 July 2018 Unwind from your superhero duties and explore the hidden treasures that San Diego County has to offer — Torrey Pines bluffs, Balboa Park, outdoor movies and concerts. Carolina Gusman,, "San Diego Comic-Con 2018: 15 free things to do before and after Comic-Con around San Diego County," 13 July 2018 Joanna Vargas has an eye mask that looks like a superhero mask. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "How Model Denise Bidot Gets Glowy, Non-Puffy Skin," 11 July 2018 This, my friends, is a decoy created by the Marthas — the show’s lowkey superheroes and clearly, the seat of Mayday., "The Handmaid's Tale Recap Season 2, Episode 13: The Martha Express," 11 July 2018 Gal Gadot donned her fake superhero outfit to do some real-world heroics over the weekend. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Gal Gadot dresses as Wonder Woman to surprise kids at children's hospital," 9 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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