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hero 1

Pronunciation: /ˈhirō/

noun (plural heroes)

1A person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities: a war hero
More example sentences
  • 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.
brave person, brave man/woman, man/woman of courage, man/woman of the hour, lionheart, warrior, knight;
champion, victor, conqueror
star, superstar, megastar, idol, celebrity, luminary;
ideal, paragon, shining example, demigod;
favorite, darling
informal celeb
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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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 hero

De Niro, Nero, Pierrot, Pinero, Rio de Janeiro, sub-zero, zero
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Hero 2

Pronunciation: /ˈhirō/
Greek Mythology
A priestess of Aphrodite at Sestos on the European shore of the Hellespont, whose lover Leander, a youth of Abydos on the opposite shore, swam the strait nightly to visit her. One stormy night he was drowned, and Hero in grief threw herself into the sea.
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Hero 3

Pronunciation: /ˈhi(ə)rō/ /ˈhēˌrō/
(1st century), Greek mathematician and inventor; known as Hero of Alexandria. He described a number of hydraulic, pneumatic, and other mechanical devices, including elementary applications of the power of steam.
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