- a woman noted for courageous acts or nobility of character: Esther and other biblical heroines.
- 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.
- the principal female character in a story, play, film, etc.
Origin of heroine
Examples from the Web for heroine
Even though victims groups see Haselberg as a heroine, she feels she could have done more.How Sicko Priests Got Away With It
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 16, 2014
The 30-something heroine glamorized the metropolis and its coveted name brands, Arora says.How Brooklyn Invaded Paris—Next Stop, the World
October 23, 2014
The artist Mike Denison has set himself a challenge: to draw one picture a day for an entire year of his heroine Bea Arthur.Forever a Golden Girl: The Art of Being Bea Arthur
July 14, 2014
Mischievous and spirited, she was a heroine for generations of young girls who read and idolized her.Madeline’s New York Moment: Ludwig Bemelmans’ Heroine Comes Home
July 8, 2014
The context of “Let It Go” is this: Elsa, the heroine of Frozen, is able to turn anything to ice with the touch of her hand.Why These Marines Love ‘Frozen’—and Why It Matters
Aaron B. O’Connell
June 27, 2014
It was not that she could not say "I have done no wickedness;" let us place this heroine in no false light.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Naturally he felt called upon to endorse his heroine, to defend her.Quaint Courtships
The book always came to an end when the hero married the heroine.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
His lordship stared, and could not comprehend our heroine's present meaning.
Our heroine balanced for a moment between these two notions.
- a woman possessing heroic qualities
- a woman idealized for possessing superior qualities
- the main female character in a novel, play, film, etc
Word Origin and History for heroine
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.