noun, plural he·roes; for 6 also he·ros.
- 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.
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Origin of hero
usage note for hero
OTHER WORDS FROM herohe·ro·like, adjectivesub·he·ro, noun, plural sub·he·roes.un·he·ro, noun, plural un·he·roes.un·he·ro·like, adjective
Definition for hero (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for hero
Finally, we have a major film on civil rights in which African Americans are the heroes in their own story.
Among the characters to be portrayed were the people I had written about—the unsung heroes of the Selma campaign.
Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Oskar Schindler—these names come readily to mind when we think of heroes of conscience.
Claret for boys, port for men, and brandy for heroes, according to Dr. Johnson, and Hitch went for the heroic.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No one wanted them to succeed, not the cops, the heroes, not the villains.Gail Simone’s Bisexual Catman and the ‘Secret Six’|Rich Goldstein|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
My point is not that these heroes were bad men, but that, in a book alleged to be the word of God, they are treated as heroes.
All men are not heroes, and in many countries men may become average hunters without being particularly heroic.Hunting the Lions|R.M. Ballantyne
But very many kings, kings' sons, son-gods, and heroes had been crucified ages before Him.
Those illustrious heroes of antiquity became the companions of her solitude and of her hourly thoughts.Madame Roland, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott
Their beaming faces showed what heroes they considered themselves, and they longed to get on shore to recount their adventures.Skipper Worse|Alexander Lange Kielland