heroine

[ her-oh-in ]
/ ˈhɛr oʊ ɪn /

noun

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

1650–60; < Latin hērōīnē < Greek hērōī́nē, feminine of hḗrōs hero; see -ine2

OTHER WORDS FROM heroine

su·per·her·o·ine, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH heroine

heroin heroine

usage note for heroine

See hero.
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British Dictionary definitions for heroine

heroine
/ (ˈhɛrəʊɪn) /

noun

a woman possessing heroic qualities
a woman idealized for possessing superior qualities
the main female character in a novel, play, film, etc
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