Hero meaning

hîrō
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The definition of a hero is a person who has made noble and/or brave accomplishments.

An example of hero is a soldier or nurse from World War I and II.

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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.
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A person noted for special achievement in a particular field.

The heroes of medicine.

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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.

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A large sandwich made from meats and cheeses; a hero sandwich.
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The principal character in a novel, poem, or dramatic presentation.
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Any person, esp. a man, admired for qualities or achievements and regarded as an ideal or model.
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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.
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The central figure in any important event or period, honored for outstanding qualities.
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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.
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A role model.
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A priestess of Aphrodite beloved by Leander.
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A priestess of Aphrodite at Sestos: her lover, Leander, swims the Hellespont from Abydos every night to be with her; when he drowns in a storm, Hero throws herself into the sea.
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Greek mathematician who wrote on mechanics and invented many water-driven and steam-driven machines. He also developed a formula for determining the area of a triangle.
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(food styling, chiefly) The product chosen from several candidates to be photographed.
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Any person, esp. a man, admired for courage, nobility, or exploits, esp. in war.
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(Greek mythology) Any of a number of legendary men and women, including the priestess loved by Leander.
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The main protagonist in a work of fiction.
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(rare) A female given name of English-speakers.
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The central male character in a novel, play, poem, etc., with whom the reader or audience is supposed to sympathize; protagonist.
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Origin of hero

  • 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 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

  • From Ancient Greek Ἡρώ (Hērō).

    From Wiktionary