Hero Definition

hîrō
heroes
noun
heroes
A man of great strength and courage, favored by the gods and in part descended from them, often regarded as a demigod and worshiped after his death.
Webster's New World
Any person, esp. a man, admired for courage, nobility, or exploits, esp. in war.
Webster's New World
Any person, esp. a man, admired for qualities or achievements and regarded as an ideal or model.
Webster's New World
The principal character in a novel, poem, or dramatic presentation.
American Heritage
The central figure in any important event or period, honored for outstanding qualities.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
losercoward
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pronoun

(Greek mythology) Any of a number of legendary men and women, including the priestess loved by Leander.

Wiktionary
(rare) A female given name of English-speakers.
Wiktionary
proper name
Webster's New World
other
Alexandrian scientist who invented many water-driven and steam-driven machines and devised a formula for deriving the area of a triangle from the lengths of its sides.
American Heritage

Other Word Forms of Hero

Noun

Singular:
hero
Plural:
heroes

Origin of Hero

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Earlier heroe back-formation from heroes heroes from Latin hērōēs pl. of hērōs from Greek ser-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek Ἡρώ (Hērō).

    From Wiktionary

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