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 The gritty superhero world of the DC Extended Universe is much brighter thanks to the (re)introduction of Harley Quinn and her girl gang in Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Ineye Komonibo,, "The Complicated Reason Margot Robbie’s Birds Of Prey Is Changing Its Iconic Title," 12 Feb. 2020 But comic-book superheroes weren't taken seriously when Uslan pitched a Batman movie to studios in the '80s. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "How this IU alum got a producer credit on every modern Batman movie (even 'Joker')," 9 Feb. 2020 Participants will be stripping down to their skivvies (some opt for tutus, swimwear or superhero costumes) and making a quick 1-mile run around downtown Detroit to raise money to fund research about neurofibromatosis, a genetic tumor disorder. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's Top 10: Winter Blast, Dirty Show, King Princess, Dirty Honey, Astronomicon," 5 Feb. 2020 Similarly, Netflix has provided a home for the kinds of smaller scale films that are getting harder to find at theaters that are booked up with superhero epics, sequels, or animated features. oregonlive, "Will Netflix invade the weirdly early 2020 Oscars?," 5 Feb. 2020 The king of the Britons gets a superhero-style makeover in this world-premiere staging of the 17th century British composer’s musical drama. Los Angeles Times, "8 best things to do in L.A. and O.C. including Blue Man Group," 8 Jan. 2020 If Eight Sleep's vibe seems to be all about sleep fitness and superhero-like energy, then wearing some Clark Kent spectacles during the day feels fitting. Christie Griffin, CNN Underscored, "Get more sleep in 2020: Top-rated bedding, devices and more," 23 Jan. 2020 The series garnered critical acclaim for its searing alternate-reality exploration of race and criminal justice (and superheroes and space villainy). Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Rep. Ayanna Pressley, bald and beautiful, discusses life with alopecia," 18 Jan. 2020 Discussions of pansexuality — and discussions of those discussions — have arisen in reference to the Star Wars universe (See: Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian) and superhero franchises (See: Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool). Time, "What Does 'Pansexual' Mean? Behind the Rise of the Word," 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of superhero

1899, in the meaning defined above

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“Superhero.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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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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