- The definition of a hero is a man who has made noble and/or brave accomplishments.
An example of hero is soldiers and nurses from World War I and II.
- Myth., Legend a man of great strength and courage, favored by the gods and in part descended from them, often regarded as a half-god and worshiped after his death
- any person, esp. a man, admired for courage, nobility, or exploits, esp. in war
- any person, esp. a man, admired for qualities or achievements and regarded as an ideal or model
- the central male character in a novel, play, poem, etc., with whom the reader or audience is supposed to sympathize
- the central figure in any important event or period, honored for outstanding qualities
- ☆ hero sandwich
Origin: L heros from Glassical Greek hērōs from Indo-European base an unverified form ser-, to watch over, protect from source Av haraiti, (he) protects, Lithuanian sárgas, watchman
Origin: L from Glassical Greek Hērō
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noun pl. he·roes
- In mythology and legend, a man, often of divine ancestry, who is endowed with great courage and strength, celebrated for his bold exploits, and favored by the gods.
- A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life: soldiers and nurses who were heroes in an unpopular war.
- A person noted for special achievement in a particular field: the heroes of medicine. See Synonyms at celebrity.
- The principal male character in a novel, poem, or dramatic presentation.
- Chiefly New York City See submarine. See Regional Note at submarine.
Origin: Earlier heroe, back-formation from heroes, heroes, from Latin hērōēs, pl. of hērōs, from Greek; see ser-1 in Indo-European roots.Usage Note: Many writers now consider hero, long restricted to men in the sense “a person noted for courageous action,” to be a gender-neutral term. It is used to refer to admired women as well as men in respected publications, as in this quotation from The Washington Post: “Already a national hero in her economically troubled South Korea, . . . [Se Ri] Pak is packing galleries at [golf] tournaments stateside.” The word heroine is still useful, however, in referring to the principal female character of a fictional work: Jane Eyre is a well-known literary heroine. Ninety-four percent of Usage Panelists accept this usage.
noun Greek Mythology
or He·ron First century A.D.
hero - Science Definition
First century CE.
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