Definitions for heroˈhɪər oʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

he•roˈhɪər oʊ(n.)(pl.)-roes; -ros.

  1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.

  2. any person who has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal.

  3. the principal male character in a story, play, film, etc.

    Category: Literature, Showbiz

  4. a person who is greatly admired; idol.

  5. (in antiquity) an individual possessing godlike prowess and beneficence who often came to be honored as a divinity.

    Category: Mythology

  6. Category: Cooking

    Ref: hero sandwich.

Origin of hero:

1605–15; back formation from ME heroes (pl.) < L hērōs (sing.), hērōes (pl.) < Gk hḗrōs, hḗrōes

He•roˈhɪər oʊ(n.)

  1. a legendary priestess of Aphrodite and the lover of Leander.

    Category: Mythology

  2. Category: Biography

    Ref: Also, Heron. 2

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hero(noun)

    a man distinguished by exceptional courage and nobility and strength

    "RAF pilots were the heroes of the Battle of Britain"

  2. hero(noun)

    the principal character in a play or movie or novel or poem

  3. champion, fighter, hero, paladin(noun)

    someone who fights for a cause

  4. Hero, Heron, Hero of Alexandria(noun)

    Greek mathematician and inventor who devised a way to determine the area of a triangle and who described various mechanical devices (first century)

  5. hero(noun)

    (classical mythology) a being of great strength and courage celebrated for bold exploits; often the offspring of a mortal and a god

  6. Hero(noun)

    (Greek mythology) priestess of Aphrodite who killed herself when her lover Leander drowned while trying to swim the Hellespont to see her

  7. bomber, grinder, hero, hero sandwich, hoagie, hoagy, Cuban sandwich, Italian sandwich, poor boy, sub, submarine, submarine sandwich, torpedo, wedge, zep(noun)

    a large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. hero(noun)ˈhɪər oʊ

    sb who is admired for doing brave things

    a war hero; The firefighters were treated as heroes.

  2. heroˈhɪər oʊ

    the most important male character in a book, play, movie, etc.

    the hero of the movie

  3. heroˈhɪər oʊ

    sb you admire greatly

    As a young writer, Dostoevsky was his hero.


  1. hero(Noun)

    A real or mythical person of great bravery who carries out extraordinary deeds.

  2. hero(Noun)

    A role model.

  3. hero(Noun)

    The main protagonist in a work of fiction.

  4. hero(Noun)

    A champion.

  5. hero(Noun)

    A large sandwich made from meats and cheeses; a hero sandwich.

  6. hero(Noun)

    The product chosen from several candidates to be photographed.

  7. Origin: Via heros, from ἥρως, from ser-\. Related to Latin servo. Replaced Old English hæleþ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hero(noun)

    an illustrious man, supposed to be exalted, after death, to a place among the gods; a demigod, as Hercules

  2. Hero(noun)

    a man of distinguished valor or enterprise in danger, or fortitude in suffering; a prominent or central personage in any remarkable action or event; hence, a great or illustrious person

  3. Hero(noun)

    the principal personage in a poem, story, and the like, or the person who has the principal share in the transactions related; as Achilles in the Iliad, Ulysses in the Odyssey, and Aeneas in the Aeneid


  1. Hero

    A hero, in Greek mythology and folklore, was originally a demigod, their cult being one of the most distinctive features of ancient Greek religion. A demigod is the son or daughter from one immortal and one mortal parent, an example would be Heracles, son of the mortal queen Alcmene and the god Zeus. Later, hero and heroine came to refer to characters who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self sacrifice—that is, heroism—for some greater good of all humanity. This definition originally referred to martial courage or excellence but extended to more general moral excellence. Stories of heroism may serve as moral examples. In classical antiquity, cults that venerated deified heroes such as Heracles, Perseus, and Achilles played an important role in Ancient Greek religion. Politicians, ancient and modern, have employed hero worship for their own apotheosis. Stories of the anti-hero also play a major role in Greek mythology and much of literature. The anti-hero is a protagonist whose qualities are the last expected from a person in certain situations; an anti-hero often lacks the typical characteristics of heroism, such as nobility, bravery, and fortitude. The favorite type of anti-hero is a characterless individual.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Hero

    a priestess of Venus at Sestos, in Thrace, beloved by Leander of Abydos, on the opposite shore, who swam the Hellespont every night to visit her, but was drowned one stormy evening, whereupon at sight of his dead body on the beach she threw herself into the sea.

  2. Hero

    a mathematician, born at Alexandria in the first half of the 2nd century; celebrated for his experiments on condensed air, and his anticipation of the pressure of steam.

  3. Hero

    a name given by the Greeks to human beings of such superhuman faculties as to be regarded the offspring of some god, and applied in modern times to men of an intellect and force of character of such transcendent nature as to inspire ordinary mortals with something like religious regard.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hero' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4002

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hero' in Nouns Frequency: #1269

Anagrams of hero

  1. heor

  2. hoer

Translations for hero

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a man or boy admired (by many people) for his brave deeds

The boy was regarded as a hero for saving his friend's life.

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