What does HERO mean?

Definitions for HEROˈhɪər oʊ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word HERO.

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


  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

  4. Origin: [F. hros, L. heros, Gr. "h`rws.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hero

    hē′rō, n. a man of distinguished bravery: any illustrious person: the principal figure in any history or work of fiction: (orig.) a demigod:—fem. Heroine (her′ō-in).adj. Herō′ic, becoming a hero: courageous: illustrious: daring, rash.—n. a heroic verse: (pl.) extravagant phrases, bombast.—adj. Herō′ical.—adv. Herō′ically—(Milt.) Herō′icly.—ns. Herō′icalness, Herō′icness.—adjs. Herō′icomic, -al, consisting of a mixture of heroic and comic: designating the high burlesque.—ns. Her′oism, the qualities of a hero: courage: boldness; Hē′roship, the state of being a hero; Hē′ro-wor′ship, the worship of heroes: excessive admiration of great men.—Heroic age, the semi-mythical period of Greek history, when the heroes or demigods were represented to have lived among men; Heroic medicines, such as either kill or cure; Heroic size, in sculpture, larger than life, but less than colossal; Heroic verse, the style of verse in which the exploits of heroes are celebrated (in classical poetry, the hexameter; in English and German, the iambic of ten syllables; in French, the alexandrine). [Through O. Fr. and L. from Gr. hērōs; akin to L. vir, A.S. wer, a man, Sans. víra, a hero.]

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.

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of HERO in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of HERO in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Cranley:

    He was a hero.

  2. Donald Trump:

    He's not a war hero.

  3. Ian McKellan:

    Rafe Esquith is my hero.

  4. Albert Dayan:

    He's a modern day American hero.

  5. Earnie Larsen:

    Goal achievement is hero's work.

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