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Definitions of hero

  1. 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
  2. someone who fights for a cause
  3. Greek mathematician and inventor who devised a way to determine the area of a triangle and who described various mechanical devices ( first century)
  4. the principal character in a play or movie or novel or poem
  5. ( Greek mythology) priestess of Aphrodite who killed herself when her lover Leander drowned while trying to swim the Hellespont to see her
  6. ( classical mythology) a being of great strength and courage celebrated for bold exploits; often the offspring of a mortal and a god
  7. a man distinguished by exceptional courage and nobility and strength; " RAF pilots were the heroes of the Battle of Britain"
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. A man of distinguished courage, moral or physical; as, every man is a hero to someone; the chief character in a play, etc.
  11. ( 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.
  12. A man of great bravery; chief person of a narrative.
  13. Heroine.
  14. A man eminent for courage; anciently, a demigod.
  15. The chief male figure of a poem, play, or novel.
  16. 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.
  17. A man who displays remarkable intrepidity, enterprise, or courage in matters connected with danger or suffering; the principal character in a poem or tale.

Usage examples for hero

  1. Well spoken, my hero! – Plays by August Strindberg, Second series by August Strindberg
  2. Our hero smiled as he waved his hand to his companions, and, turning away, was soon lost to sight among the bushes. – Hunting the Lions by R.M. Ballantyne
  3. But for Castelar, her people's hero, nothing. – Spanish Highways and Byways by Katharine Lee Bates
  4. She was all heart for a real hero. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  5. My hero and my dearest friend!" – The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope
  6. He said that Hero was certainly a fine dog- he had a dog a good deal like him at home. – Lifted Masks Stories by Susan Glaspell
  7. " You are on time, Herbert," he said, with a smile, as our hero made his appearance. – Do and Dare A Brave Boy's Fight for Fortune by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  8. Oh, you good, brave man, you leader with the face of a hero, give me your hand, that I may kiss it. – The Corsair King by Mór Jókai
  9. How is it possible that a hero like Belisarius cannot content her?" – A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3) by Felix Dahn
  10. Are you not the hero of the day? – Fickle Fortune by Elisabeth Burstenbinder (AKA E. Werner)
  11. Forgotten her hero, her soldier! – Foes in Ambush by Charles King
  12. It wasn'tyou, it was just the day's hero. – A Master's Degree by Margaret Hill McCarter
  13. " And stay away," added our hero. – The Boys of Bellwood School by Frank V. Webster
  14. No hero, I confess. – No Hero by E.W. Hornung
  15. " I had seen portraits of him, I had read and heard of his great achievements, and I had pictured to myself a hero. – The Vizier of the Two-Horned Alexander by Frank R. Stockton
  16. He has no wish to put her to any unnecessary trouble in order that he may play the hero. – Miss Caprice by St. George Rathborne
  17. But no- he had to be a hero. – Brain Twister by Gordon Randall Garrett Laurence Mark Janifer
  18. But he would never be that hero. – The Golden Silence by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  19. As this boy is to be our hero we will take a closer look at him. – Frank's Campaign or the Farm and the Camp by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  20. That is only because a hero can be recognised only by a hero. – Maxims and Reflections by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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