noun, plural he·roes; for 5 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.
Origin of hero
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Examples from the Web for heros
Historical Examples of heros
The sorrows of the Heros, Guineveres, and Francescas of romance are not greater than hers were.Mary Wollstonecraft
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
The name of the locality itself was derived from this "heros eponymos."Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
The pain was so severe that he could scarcely respond to his heros greeting.Deering of Deal
It is a poem of the heros development, his spiritual progress.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)
Henry Osborn Taylor
Well, I guess I can manage to row both of us, was our heros reply.Jack Ranger's Gun Club
noun plural -roes
Word Origin for hero
1955, the New York term for a sandwich elsewhere called submarine, grinder, poor boy (New Orleans), or hoagie (Philadelphia); origin unknown, perhaps so called for its great size, or a folk etymology alteration of Greek gyro as a type of sandwich.
late 14c., "man of superhuman strength or physical courage," from Latin heros "hero," from Greek heros "demi-god" (a variant singular of which was heroe), originally "defender, protector," from PIE root *ser- "to watch over, protect" (cf. Latin servare "to save, deliver, preserve, protect;" see observe). Meaning "man who exhibits great bravery" in any course of action is from 1660s. Sense of "chief male character in a play, story, etc." first recorded 1690s. First record of hero-worship is from 1774.