[heer-uh, her-uh]


the ancient Greek queen of heaven, a daughter of Cronus and Rhea and the wife and sister of Zeus.

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Historical Examples of hera

  • The roof of Hera's temple fell in, and Hermes stood uncovered to the sky.

  • He heard of the women's games that were held once a year at Olympia in honor of Hera.

  • By Hera, Socrates, if ever any one deserved the appellation "beautiful and good," you are that man!

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for hera




Greek myth the queen of the Olympian gods and sister and wife of ZeusRoman 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

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.)

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