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.

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Green Lantern and Green Arrow, one of the most famous superhero duos in the DC pantheon, come together once again in this month’s The Green Lantern, while the second volume of Boom! Christian Holub,, "5 comics to read this June: Twisted team-ups and games gone wrong," 4 June 2019 Jolie is also set to make her first superhero appearance in Marvel’s upcoming The Eternals alongside Game of Thrones and Bodyguard‘s Richard Madden. Ale Russian,, "Angelina Jolie Is Focused on Her Kids and a Return to the Spotlight as She Turns 44," 4 June 2019 After the carnage had ended, Holzhauer earned a fitting, superhero tribute from Jennings as well. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Ken Jennings salutes James Holzhauer's 'reign of destruction' on 'Jeopardy!' ‏," 3 June 2019 While some fans quickly lobbied for or against Pattinson’s presence in the superhero universe, most reacted with a degree of surprise. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Can Robert Pattinson (or Nicholas Hoult) Save Batman?," 17 May 2019 He-Man has some typical superhero abilities like super speed, superhuman strength and indestructible skin. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need To Know About Noah Centineo's New Movie "Masters Of The Universe"," 1 May 2019 Most other superheroes are cool and collected and brooding. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "Nodding to ‘Big,’ ‘Shazam!’ brings the superhero down a size," 30 Mar. 2019 Angelina Jolie is reportedly in talks to star in the upcoming Marvel film The Eternals, marking her debut in the comic giant's expansive superhero universe, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Could Be Starring in a Marvel Superhero Movie," 28 Mar. 2019 Richard made the superhero symbol the focal point of her purple apron, wrapping it around a custom Gucci mesh bodysuit. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Dawn Richard Captures the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans in All Their Glory," 13 Mar. 2019

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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 How to pronounce superhero (audio) , -ˌhē-rō\

Kids Definition of superhero

: a fictional hero having extraordinary or superhuman powers

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