- 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.
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
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How to use hero in a sentence
The sorrows of the Heros, Guineveres, and Francescas of romance are not greater than hers were.Mary Wollstonecraft|Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Though defeated and taken prisoner by the enemy, the heros talisman saves his life and, later, leads him into kingly favor.Wheat and Huckleberries|Charlotte Marion (White) Vaile
In the same Odyssey, the name of "heros" is given to the herald Mulios as well as to the blind bard Demodokos.
They also received their own temple and divine guardian or heros, whose priest they elected.
He deliberately spat in our heros face, shouting disdainfully Anglais non bon.