hero: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (hēr'ō), [key]
— pl. -roes -ros.
  1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
  2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal: He was a local hero when he saved the drowning child.
  3. the principal male character in a story, play, film, etc.
    1. a being of godlike prowess and beneficence who often came to be honored as a divinity.
    2. (in the Homeric period) a warrior-chieftain of special strength, courage, or ability.
    3. (in later antiquity) an immortal being; demigod.
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  5. the bread or roll used in making a hero sandwich.


Pronunciation: (hēr'ō), [key]
— n.
  1. a priestess of Aphrodite who drowned herself after her lover Leander drowned while swimming the Hellespont to visit her.
  2. (Hero of Alexandria) fl. 1st century a.d., Greek scientist.
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