- An example of a heroine is a woman who saves children from a burning building.
- An example of a heroine is Wonder Woman.
- a girl or woman of outstanding courage, nobility, etc., or of heroic achievements
- the central female character in a novel, play, etc., with whom the reader or audience is supposed to sympathize
Origin of heroineClassical Latin heroina ; from Classical Greek h?r?in?, feminine of h?r?s, hero
- A woman noted for courage and daring action.
- A woman noted for special achievement in a particular field.
- The principal female character in a novel, poem, or dramatic presentation.
Origin of heroineLatin h&emacron;r&omacron;&imacron;n&emacron;, h&emacron;r&omacron;&imacron;na, from Greek h&emacron;r&omacron;&imacron;n&emacron;, feminine of h&emacron;r&omacron;s, hero; see hero.
In the sense 1, it is more common to say hero today.
- She is an American hero.
Via Latin heroina from late Ancient Greek (2nd century) ἡρωΐνη (hērōïnē), a feminine equivalent of ἥρως (hērōs, “hero”) "hero, demigod".
- English from 1650. The sense of "female lead character" is from 1715.