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heroine

[her-oh-in] /ˈhɛr oʊ ɪn/
noun
1.
a woman noted for courageous acts or nobility of character:
Esther and other biblical heroines.
2.
a woman who, in the opinion of others, has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model or ideal:
Name two women who have been heroines in your life.
3.
the principal female character in a story, play, film, etc.
Compare hero (defs 1–3).
Origin of heroine
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin hērōīnē < Greek hērōī́nē, feminine of hḗrōs hero; see -ine2
Related forms
superheroine, noun
Can be confused
heroin, heroine.
Usage note
See hero.
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  • And yet our Esther is a heroine—capable, energetic, brave, and patriotic.

  • Your sister is as strong a heroine in one direction as mine is in another.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Those who were saluted her with admiring looks and generally treated her as a heroine, which caressed her vanity most pleasantly.

  • Among the Eskimo the heroine is vaguely referred to as a sea-fowl.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • So the heroine of the Llanberis legend had two sons and two daughters, all of whom were remarkable.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
British Dictionary definitions for heroine

heroine

/ˈhɛrəʊɪn/
noun
1.
a woman possessing heroic qualities
2.
a woman idealized for possessing superior qualities
3.
the main female character in a novel, play, film, etc
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Word Origin and History for heroine
n.

1650s, from Latin heroine, heroina (plural heroinae) "a female hero, a demigoddess" (e.g. Medea), from Greek heroine, fem. of heros (see hero (n.1)). As "principal female character" in a drama or poem, from 1715.

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