noun, plural su·per·he·roes.

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

Origin of superhero

First recorded in 1960–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • For this is the secret of the soul: when the hero hath abandoned it, then only approacheth it in dreams—the superhero.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra

    Friedrich Nietzsche

British Dictionary definitions for superhero


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

1917, from super- + hero.

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