- 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.
Compare hero(defs 1–3).
Origin of heroine
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- a fictional woman character with superhuman abilities or magical powers, wearing a distinctive costume, and fighting against evil
- a woman possessing heroic qualities
- a woman idealized for possessing superior qualities
- the main female character in a novel, play, film, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper