noun (plural heroes)
1A person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities: a war hero
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- I admired players but my heroes were the ones who were doing what I wanted to be doing or achieving in a year's time.
- Bridgette and Francoise concentrated their energy on admiring their current hero.
- As a nation, we ought to be thankful for the courage of unsung heroes who have sacrificed much to protect society.
1.1The chief male character in a book, play, or movie, who is typically identified with good qualities, and with whom the reader is expected to sympathize.
- In several films the hero is a comical character, but the portrayal is gentle.
- All of the book's heroes inspire readers to take action in our own neighborhoods and situations.
- She's as strong and likable a female character as Davy is a male hero, making this a perfect bookend to book one.
(male) protagonist, principal (male) character, principal (male) role, main character, title character, starring role, star part;
(male) lead, lead actor, leading man
1.2(In mythology and folklore) a person of superhuman qualities and often semidivine origin, in particular one of those whose exploits and dealings with the gods were the subject of ancient Greek myths and legends.
- The myth of the solar hero can be found within many of the ancient civilisations even before the Christian era.
- The second story transports us into the high-pitched world of the famous Greek heroes Ajax and Achilles.
- The birth myths of supernatural heroes have been a subject of considerable interest to psychoanalysts.
2 (also hero sandwich) North American another term for submarine sandwich.
- A little larger than a hero sandwich, it carries a box of flies, a tippet spool, and a pair of pliers.
- In a Norwegian language class, my teacher illustrated the meaning of the word matpakke - ‘packed lunch’ - by reaching into her backpack and pulling out a hero sandwich wrapped in wax paper.
- She sat on an overturned twenty-liter bucket (her clothes were too filthy to sit on anything else) and munched a hero sandwich with reflective enjoyment.
Middle English (with mythological reference): via Latin from Greek hērōs.
Words that rhyme with heroDe Niro, Nero, Pierrot, Pinero, Rio de Janeiro, sub-zero, zero
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