heroine

(redirected from Heroines)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.
Related to Heroines: Female superheroes

her·o·ine

 (hĕr′ō-ĭn)
n.
1. A woman noted for courage and daring action.
2. A woman noted for special achievement in a particular field.
3. The principal female character in a novel, poem, or dramatic presentation.

[Latin hērōīnē, hērōīna, from Greek hērōīnē, feminine of hērōs, hero; see hero.]

heroine

(ˈhɛrəʊɪn)
n
1. a woman possessing heroic qualities
2. a woman idealized for possessing superior qualities
3. the main female character in a novel, play, film, etc

her•o•ine

(ˈhɛr oʊ ɪn)

n.
1. a woman of distinguished courage or ability, admired for her brave deeds and noble qualities.
2. the principal female character in a story, play, film, etc.
[1650–60; < Latin hērōīnē < Greek hērōinē, feminine of hḗrōs hero; see -ine4]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heroine - the main good female character in a work of fictionheroine - the main good female character in a work of fiction
persona, theatrical role, role, character, part - an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; "she played the part of Desdemona"
2.heroine - a woman possessing heroic qualities or a woman who has performed heroic deeds
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"

heroine

noun
1. protagonist, leading lady, diva, prima donna, female lead, lead actress, principal female character The heroine is a senior TV executive.
2. star, celebrity, goddess, celeb (informal), megastar (informal), woman of the hour The heroine of the day was the winner of the Gold medal.
3. idol, favourite, pin-up (slang), fave (informal) I still remember my childhood heroines.
Translations
hrdinka
heltinde
sankaritar
heroina
hősnő
ヒロイン
여자 영웅
hrdinka
junakjunakinja
hjältinna
วีรสตรี
nữ anh hùng

heroine

[ˈherəʊɪn] Nheroína f; [of film, book] → protagonista f, personaje m principal

heroine

[ˈhɛrəʊɪn] nhéroïne f (femme)
the heroine of the novel → l'héroïne du roman
she was my heroine → c'était mon héroïneheroin user nhéroïnomane mf

heroine

nHeldin f; (esp Theat also) → Heroine f

heroine

[ˈhɛrəʊɪn] neroina

hero

(ˈhiərəu) plural ˈheroes: feminine heroine (ˈherouin) noun
1. a man or boy admired (by many people) for his brave deeds. The boy was regarded as a hero for saving his friend's life.
2. the chief male person in a story, play etc. The hero of this book is a young American boy called Tom Sawyer.
heroic (hiˈrəuik) adjective
1. very brave. heroic deeds.
2. of heroes. heroic tales.
heˈroically adverb
heroism (ˈherəuizm) noun
great bravery. The policeman was given a medal in recognition of his heroism.
ˈhero-worship noun
very great, sometimes too great, admiration for a person.
verb
to show such admiration for (someone). The boy hero-worshipped the footballer.

the heroine (not heroin) of the story.

heroine

بَطَلَة hrdinka heltinde Heldin ηρωίδα heroína sankaritar héroïne heroina eroina ヒロイン 여자 영웅 heldin heltinne bohaterka heroína героиня hjältinna วีรสตรี kadın kahraman nữ anh hùng 女英雄
References in classic literature ?
The three Marys were the heroines of a cycle of scandalous stories, which the old men were fond of relating as they sat about the cigar-stand in the drugstore.
It is of a kind that often occurs in Indian life; where love elopements from tribe to tribe are as frequent as among the novel-read heroes and heroines of sentimental civilization, and often give rise to bloods and lasting feuds.
All that patient, pale company of queens and princesses, of kings and warriors, of allegorical women, of heroines and statesmen and heathen gods, crowned, helmeted, bare-headed, has run for good off the sea stretching to the last above the tumbling foam their fair, rounded arms; holding out their spears, swords, shields, tridents in the same unwearied, striving forward pose.
Considering these things, we can hardly think Dinah and Seth beneath our sympathy, accustomed as we may be to weep over the loftier sorrows of heroines in satin boots and crinoline, and of heroes riding fiery horses, themselves ridden by still more fiery passions.
If they observed this duty conscientiously, they would give us fewer pictures chequered with vivid contrasts of light and shade; they would seldom elevate their heroes and heroines to the heights of rapture--still seldomer sink them to the depths of despair; for if we rarely taste the fulness of joy in this life, we yet more rarely savour the acrid bitterness of hopeless anguish; unless, indeed, we have plunged like beasts into sensual indulgence, abused, strained, stimulated, again overstrained, and, at last, destroyed our faculties for enjoyment; then, truly, we may find ourselves without support, robbed of hope.
Her name was Scheherazade, and her idea was, that she would either redeem the land from the depopulating tax upon its beauty, or perish, after the approved fashion of all heroines, in the attempt.
She who had been married for years and had borne two children without ever having had the joy of one overwhelming kiss, would find romance at last, for an hour, as she identified herself with the charming heroines of the films.
But it seems unlikely, somehow, that the partridge rushed between us and died for love of me, like the heroines in the romances; so I suppose you are a poacher.
But from fifteen to seventeen she was in training for a heroine; she read all such works as heroines must read to supply their memories with those quotations which are so serviceable and so soothing in the vicissitudes of their eventful lives.
There are no street lamps there, and the law compels all who go abroad at night to carry lanterns, just as was the case in old days, when heroes and heroines of the Arabian Nights walked the streets of Damascus, or flew away toward Bagdad on enchanted carpets.
and the plays of Ibsen, suggested from their analysis of love that what their heroines felt was what she was feeling now.
Lemon had undertaken to describe Juliet or Imogen, these heroines would not have seemed poetical.