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 of heroClassical Latin heros ; from Classical Greek hērōs ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ser-, to watch over, protect from source Av haraiti, (he) protects, Lithuanian sárgas, watchman
Origin of HeroClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek Hērō
- 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 character in a novel, poem, or dramatic presentation.
- See submarine sandwich.
Origin of heroEarlier heroe, back-formation from heroes, heroes, from Latin hērōēs, pl. of hērōs, from Greek; see ser-1 in Indo-European roots.
or He·ron First century AD.
From Old French heroes, from Latin hērōs (“hero”), from Ancient Greek ἥρως (hērōs, “demi-god, hero”), from Proto-Indo-European *ser- (“to watch over, protect”) . Related to Latin servo (“protect”). Replaced Old English hæleþ.
- (Greek mythology) Any of a number of legendary men and women, including the priestess loved by Leander.
- (rare) A female given name of English-speakers.
From Ancient Greek Ἡρώ (Hērō).