a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character: He became a local hero when he saved the drowning child.: Compare heroine (def. 1).
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.: Compare heroine (def. 2).
an animal acknowledged for its courageous acts, devotion to duty, etc.:This police dog hero was shot during the apprehension of a suspect.
the principal male character in a story, play, film, etc.: Compare heroine (def. 3).
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.
the bread or roll used in making a hero sandwich.
being or relating to a person or animal noted for special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities, especially bravery or devotion to duty; heroic: A hero cat helped a firefighter spot a small child in a burning building.
(in advertising and marketing) especially notable, important, or central: Producing new hero content twice a year can help your brand grow.Your hero product should be obvious on your website.
to praise or treat as special; laud: We hero the moms who were writing parenting guides and giving advice to new mothers.Over the years, the judging panel has rightly heroed brands championing equal rights.
to bring to attention; highlight: These dishes beautifully hero the fresh organic ginger.
- he·ro·like, adjective
- sub·he·ro, noun, plural sub·he·roes.
- un·he·ro, noun, plural un·he·roes.
- un·he·ro·like, adjective
Other definitions for Hero (2 of 2)
Classical Mythology. a priestess of Aphrodite who drowned herself after her lover Leander drowned while swimming the Hellespont to visit her.
Also He·ron [heer-on] /ˈhɪər ɒn/ .Hero of Alexandria, flourished 1st century a.d., Greek scientist.
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How to use hero in a sentence
His hero, Bruce Springsteen, is a gazillionaire, but he still manages to come across as a regular guy, so perception is reality.
My captain on the boat, Brazakka, he wanted me to do this Hemingway bit, with the white stubble, and he wanted the hero angle.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Selma becomes a biopic in which the hero shines while those who worked beside him are overlooked or relegated to the sidelines.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’ | Gary May | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Sting took over the lead role to try to draw an audience, but his thumpingly inspirational score was already the hero of the show.Hedwig, Hugh & Michael Cera: 12 Powerhouse Theater Performances of 2014 | Janice Kaplan | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But you know, I had only one other hero in my life acting and that was River [Phoenix].Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange | Marlow Stern | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
His hero, Gulliver, discovers race after race of beings who typify the genera in his classification of mankind.Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift
General Lachambre, as the hero of Cavite, followed to receive the applause which was everywhere showered upon him in Spain.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
El Imparcial maintained that he was worthy of being honoured as a 19th century conquering hero.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
He stood, with the air of a hero, both arms extended towards the amazed pair of lovers.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
Our hero smiled as he waved his hand to his companions, and, turning away, was soon lost to sight among the bushes.Hunting the Lions | R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for hero (1 of 3)
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
British Dictionary definitions for Hero (2 of 3)
Greek myth a priestess of Aphrodite, who killed herself when her lover Leander drowned while swimming the Hellespont to visit her
British Dictionary definitions for Hero (3 of 3)
1st century ad, Greek mathematician and inventor
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Scientific definitions for Hero
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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