Definitions of hero

  1. ( Greek mythology) priestess of Aphrodite who killed herself when her lover Leander drowned while trying to swim the Hellespont to see her
  2. ( classical mythology) a being of great strength and courage celebrated for bold exploits; often the offspring of a mortal and a god
  3. a man distinguished by exceptional courage and nobility and strength; " RAF pilots were the heroes of the Battle of Britain"
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. A man of distinguished courage, moral or physical; as, every man is a hero to someone; the chief character in a play, etc.
  7. ( orig.) A warrior, a demigod: a man of distinguished bravery: any illustrious person: the principal figure in any history or work of fiction:- fem. HEROINE.
  8. A man of great bravery; chief person of a narrative.
  9. A man eminent for courage; anciently, a demigod.
  10. The chief male figure of a poem, play, or novel.
  11. A man descended from a divinity, and ranked afterwards among the gods; a clear- seeing, self- reliant, self- sufficient, valiant man; a great, illustrious, or extraordinary person; the principal personage in a poem, romance, & c.
  12. A man who displays remarkable intrepidity, enterprise, or courage in matters connected with danger or suffering; the principal character in a poem or tale.
  13. Heroine.