Definition of heroine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈherōən/


1A woman admired or idealized for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities: she was the heroine of a materialist generation
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  • The ticker-tape reception being afforded later this month to the 47,000 volunteers who were the true heroes and heroines of the Games is richly deserved.
  • An event of this magnitude could perhaps one day bring recognition to ‘true’ heroes and heroines in society.
  • What India's unsung heroes, and heroines, have achieved these past few weeks against great odds should not go unrewarded or unnoticed.
brave woman, hero, woman of courage, woman of the hour;
victor, winner, conqueror
star, superstar, megastar, idol, celebrity, luminary;
ideal, paragon, shining example;
favorite, darling, queen
informal celeb
1.1The chief female character in a book, play, or movie, who is typically identified with good qualities, and with whom the reader is expected to sympathize.
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  • I'd say William Gibson has had the most profound effect on representation of female characters, especially heroines, in both the written and filmic genres of sci-fi, and branching into action.
  • More than half of its movies debuted at the Television Critics Association last month focused on women's issues, female characters or heroines.
  • Anyone who still believes this myth should look to the dozens of female heroines in comic books.
(female) protagonist, principal (female) character, principal (female) role, main character, title character;
(female) lead, lead actress, leading lady;
prima donna, diva
1.2(In mythology and folklore) a woman of superhuman qualities and often semidivine origin, in particular one whose dealings with the gods were the subject of ancient Greek myths and legends.
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  • Numerous Greek heroes and heroines commit manslaughter in myth.
  • Propertius' romantic, impossible dream had been that Cynthia would be like heroines of myth.
  • But what happens when the idea of drawing images of womanhood on the contemporary stage is born through juxtaposition of the two ancient heroines, moulded to the necessities of the experiences of womanhood?


Mid 17th century (in the sense 'demigoddess, venerated woman'): from French héroïne or Latin heroina, from Greek hērōinē, feminine of hērōs 'hero'.

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Syllabification: her·o·ine

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