superhero

noun
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

After all, what comic fan wouldn’t salivate at the chance to take on the roles of their favorite superheroes? Michael Thompson, Ars Technica, "Drawn together: The love affair between comics and games," 24 Dec. 2018 Netflix may be bored with its Marvel heroes, but it clearly isn’t done with superheroes altogether. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: True Detective, Once Upon a Deadpool, Godzilla, and more," 15 Dec. 2018 Listen to our chat with the superhero behind one of the most popular Comic-Con blogs. Abby Hamblin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Comic-Con 2018: Four podcast episodes to get you ready for San Diego," 12 July 2018 Although he is seen as the superhero, the crown prince also has much of the villain about him. The Economist, "A wild rideRadical reforms in Saudi Arabia are changing the Gulf and the Arab world," 21 June 2018 Aside from his interest in superheroes and sci-fi, Rohrer lived life with a competitive spirit, his friends said. Ian Cummings, Glenn E. Rice, Lauren Fox, Katie Bernard And Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "'Thank you just isn't good enough.' Police, friends and family bid deputies farewell," 21 June 2018 The fact that these shows are playing on the TV set in the Parr household further confirms that this world is an alternate version of the ‘60s where superheroes and hover monorails exist. Josh Weiss, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Incredibles 2' TV References Are More Than Easter Eggs," 17 June 2018 One day we were surrounded by superheroes and Lego sets, the next every back on the playground was draped in ruby and blue stripes and overlaid by the number 10. Brad Rickman, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Loneliness of the American Soccer Fan," 15 June 2018 Several Portland Timbers and Thorns are being transformed into comic book superheroes this week. Jamie Goldberg, OregonLive.com, "Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson offers sneak peek of renovated training facility," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of superhero

1899, in the meaning defined above

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superhero

noun

English Language Learners Definition of superhero

: a fictional character who has amazing powers (such as the ability to fly)
: a very heroic person

superhero

noun
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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