- a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character: He became a local hero when he saved the drowning child.
- a person who, in the opinion of others, has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model or ideal: My older sister is my hero. Entrepreneurs are our modern heroes.
- the principal male character in a story, play, film, etc.
- Classical Mythology.
- a being of godlike prowess and beneficence who often came to be honored as a divinity.
- (in the Homeric period) a warrior-chieftain of special strength, courage, or ability.
- (in later antiquity) an immortal being; demigod.
- hero sandwich.
- the bread or roll used in making a hero sandwich.
Origin of hero
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- Classical Mythology. a priestess of Aphrodite who drowned herself after her lover Leander drowned while swimming the Hellespont to visit her.
- Also Heron. Hero of Alexandria, flourished 1st century a.d., Greek scientist.
Examples from the Web for heros
The sorrows of the Heros, Guineveres, and Francescas of romance are not greater than hers were.Mary Wollstonecraft
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
The name of the locality itself was derived from this "heros eponymos."Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
The pain was so severe that he could scarcely respond to his heros greeting.Deering of Deal
It is a poem of the heros development, his spiritual progress.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)
Henry Osborn Taylor
Well, I guess I can manage to row both of us, was our heros reply.Jack Ranger's Gun Club
- a man distinguished by exceptional courage, nobility, fortitude, etc
- a man who is idealized for possessing superior qualities in any field
- classical myth a being of extraordinary strength and courage, often the offspring of a mortal and a god, who is celebrated for his exploits
- the principal male character in a novel, play, etc
- Greek myth a priestess of Aphrodite, who killed herself when her lover Leander drowned while swimming the Hellespont to visit her
- 1st century ad, Greek mathematician and inventor
Word Origin and History for heros
1955, the New York term for a sandwich elsewhere called submarine, grinder, poor boy (New Orleans), or hoagie (Philadelphia); origin unknown, perhaps so called for its great size, or a folk etymology alteration of Greek gyro as a type of sandwich.
late 14c., "man of superhuman strength or physical courage," from Latin heros "hero," from Greek heros "demi-god" (a variant singular of which was heroe), originally "defender, protector," from PIE root *ser- "to watch over, protect" (cf. Latin servare "to save, deliver, preserve, protect;" see observe). Meaning "man who exhibits great bravery" in any course of action is from 1660s. Sense of "chief male character in a play, story, etc." first recorded 1690s. First record of hero-worship is from 1774.
- 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.