superhero

[ soo-per-heer-oh ]
/ ˈsu pərˌhɪər oʊ /

noun, plural su·per·he·roes.

a hero, especially in children's comic books and television cartoons, possessing extraordinary, often magical powers.

Nearby words

  1. superheat,
  2. superheated,
  3. superheavy,
  4. superheavyweight,
  5. superhelix,
  6. superhet,
  7. superheterodyne,
  8. superheterodyne receiver,
  9. superhigh frequency,
  10. superhighway

Origin of superhero

First recorded in 1960–65

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British Dictionary definitions for superhero

superhero

/ (ˈsuːpəˌhɪərəʊ) /

noun plural -roes

any of various comic-strip characters with superhuman abilities or magical powers, wearing a distinctive costume, and fighting against evil
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Word Origin and History for superhero

superhero

n.

1917, from super- + hero.

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