superheroine

noun

su·​per·​her·​o·​ine ˌsü-pər-ˈher-ə-wən How to pronounce superheroine (audio)
-ˈhir-ə-wən,
-ˈhe-rə-wən
plural superheroines
: a female fictional hero having extraordinary or superhuman powers : a female superhero
Change may be around the corner, as Wonder Woman—arguably, the most recognized superheroine of the modern age—finally arrived on the big screen.Lauren Chochinov
… women are still waiting—on screen and off—for a place in the comic-book-branded, fanboy-dominated superhero cosmos. This is not to say that there are no superheroines.Manohla Dargis and A. O. Scott
also : an exceptionally courageous, skillful, or successful woman or girl
The band celebrates superheroines … like themselves, who go where most women fear. Evelyn McDonnell
Rorke is a real-life superheroine in her own way. In 2004 … she won the trade and industry department's Technology for Women in Business Award. Rehana Rossouw
compare superhero, supervillain

Examples of superheroine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ultimately, Gunn was looking to move away from previous depictions of the Girl of Steel, particularly the long-running CBS/CW series fronted by Melissa Benoist, and is aiming for a less earnest and more edgy version of the iconic superheroine. Tatiana Siegel, Variety, 30 Jan. 2024 The three superheroines — white Captain Marvel, Asian Kamala, and black Monica — represent a global identity crisis, fostered by Disney/Marvel’s diversity, inclusion, equity (DIE) agenda, in which tribalism persists but is narrowed to feminism über alles. Armond White, National Review, 22 Nov. 2023 When Taylor Swift and Beyonce appeared sharing a tub of popcorn at an AMC theater in Los Angeles Wednesday night for the premiere of Swift’s concert movie, Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, the moment was an Avengers-like teaming of pop culture superheroines. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 Rachel Pollack, an award-winning writer who developed a dedicated following among fantasy and science fiction readers, was an authority on tarot cards, and created the first transgender superheroine for DC Comics, died April 7 at her home in Rhinebeck, N.Y. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2023 Rachel Pollack, a transgender activist and writer who was an expert on interpreting tarot and created the first transgender superheroine for DC Comics, died April 7 at her home in Rhinebeck, New York. George Gene Gustines, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Apr. 2023 The three superheroines front the upcoming film The Marvels, a notable project for the Marvel mega-franchise in part thanks to its almost exclusively female leading cast. Lauren Puckett-Pope, ELLE, 12 Apr. 2023 The superheroine flies back for Season 6. oregonlive, 28 Mar. 2021 Eight decades ago, a superheroine was born that impacted generations of not just women but generations of comic book readers. Cheryl Robinson, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of superheroine was in 1909

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“Superheroine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/superheroine. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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