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[heer-uh, her-uh] /ˈhɪər ə, ˈhɛr ə/
the ancient Greek queen of heaven, a daughter of Cronus and Rhea and the wife and sister of Zeus.
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Compare Juno. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Hera
Historical Examples
  • He heard of the women's games that were held once a year at Olympia in honor of Hera.

    Buried Cities, Part 2 Jennie Hall
  • The roof of Hera's temple fell in, and Hermes stood uncovered to the sky.

    Buried Cities, Part 2 Jennie Hall
  • By Hera, Socrates, if ever any one deserved the appellation "beautiful and good," you are that man!

    The Symposium Xenophon
  • The first day of every month a ewe-lamb and sow were sacrificed to Hera.

  • It was an evil day for Echo when she crossed the path of Hera, queen of the gods.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • Neither Hera nor Kalypsos is fair from the descriptive adjectives.

  • She had given to Zeus a daughter, Persephone, before his marriage with Hera.

  • You are not the first, Hera, who has gravely misunderstood my character.


    Edmund Gosse
  • What woman might not have been jealous of his enthusiasm for the Roman Hera?

    Cleopatra, Complete Georg Ebers
  • But since Greek rhetoricians taught us, it is easier for me even to say Hera than Juno.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
British Dictionary definitions for Hera


(Greek myth) the queen of the Olympian gods and sister and wife of Zeus Roman counterpart Juno
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Word Origin and History for Hera

sister and wife of Zeus, from Greek Hera, literally "protectress," related to heros "hero," originally "defender, protector."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Hera in Culture

[Roman name Juno]

The Greek and Roman goddess who protected marriage; she was the wife of Zeus. Hera is best known for her jealousy and for her animosity toward the many mortal women with whom her husband fell in love. (See Judgment of Paris.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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