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He·ro 1

 (hîr′ō)
n. Greek Mythology
A priestess of Aphrodite beloved by Leander.

He·ro 2

 (hē′rō, hîr′ō) or He·ron (hē′rŏn′) First century ad.
Alexandrian scientist who invented many water-driven and steam-driven machines and devised a formula for deriving the area of a triangle from the lengths of its sides.

he·ro

 (hîr′ō)
n. pl. he·roes
1. In mythology and legend, a man, often of divine ancestry, who is endowed with great courage and strength, celebrated for his bold exploits, and favored by the gods.
2. A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life: soldiers and nurses who were heroes in an unpopular war.
3. A person noted for special achievement in a particular field: the heroes of medicine. See Synonyms at celebrity.
4. The principal character in a novel, poem, or dramatic presentation.

[Earlier heroe, back-formation from heroes, heroes, from Latin hērōēs, pl. of hērōs, from Greek; see ser- in Indo-European roots.]

hero

(ˈhɪərəʊ)
n, pl -roes
1. a man distinguished by exceptional courage, nobility, fortitude, etc
2. a man who is idealized for possessing superior qualities in any field
3. (Classical Myth & Legend) classical myth a being of extraordinary strength and courage, often the offspring of a mortal and a god, who is celebrated for his exploits
4. the principal male character in a novel, play, etc
[C14: from Latin hērōs, from Greek]

Hero

(ˈhɪərəʊ)
n
(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a priestess of Aphrodite, who killed herself when her lover Leander drowned while swimming the Hellespont to visit her

Hero

(ˈhɪərəʊ) or

Heron

n
(Biography) 1st century ad, Greek mathematician and inventor

he•ro

(ˈhɪər oʊ)

n., pl. -roes; for 5 also -ros.
1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
2. any person who has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal.
3. the principal male character in a story, play, film, etc.
4. a person who is greatly admired; idol.
5. (in antiquity) an individual possessing godlike prowess and beneficence who often came to be honored as a divinity.
[1605–15; back formation from Middle English heroes (pl.) < Latin hērōs (singular), hērōes (pl.) < Greek hḗrōs, hḗrōes]

He•ro

(ˈhɪər oʊ)

n.
1. a legendary priestess of Aphrodite and the lover of Leander.
2. Also, Heron. (Hero of Alexandria) fl. 1st century A.D., Greek scientist.

He·ro

(hē′rō)
First century a.d. Greek mathematician who invented many water-driven and steam-driven machines and developed a formula for determining the area of a triangle.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hero - a man distinguished by exceptional courage and nobility and strengthhero - a man distinguished by exceptional courage and nobility and strength; "RAF pilots were the heroes of the Battle of Britain"
leader - a person who rules or guides or inspires others
2.hero - the principal character in a play or movie or novel or poem
persona, theatrical role, role, character, part - an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; "she played the part of Desdemona"
3.hero - someone who fights for a cause
defender, guardian, protector, shielder - a person who cares for persons or property
4.hero - Greek mathematician and inventor who devised a way to determine the area of a triangle and who described various mechanical devices (first century)Hero - Greek mathematician and inventor who devised a way to determine the area of a triangle and who described various mechanical devices (first century)
5.hero - (classical mythology) a being of great strength and courage celebrated for bold exploits; often the offspring of a mortal and a god
classical mythology - the system of mythology of the Greeks and Romans together; much of Roman mythology (especially the gods) was borrowed from the Greeks
mythical being - an imaginary being of myth or fable
6.Hero - (Greek mythology) priestess of Aphrodite who killed herself when her lover Leander drowned while trying to swim the Hellespont to see her
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
7.hero - 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)hero - 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
sandwich - two (or more) slices of bread with a filling between them

hero

noun
1. protagonist, leading man, lead actor, male lead, principal male character The hero of Doctor Zhivago dies in 1929.
2. star, champion, celebrity, victor, superstar, great man, heart-throb (Brit.), conqueror, exemplar, celeb (informal), megastar (informal), popular figure, man of the hour the goalscoring hero of the British hockey team
3. idol, favourite, pin-up (slang), fave (informal) I still remember my boyhood heroes.
Quotations
"See, the conquering hero comes!"
"Sound the trumpets, beat the drums!" [Thomas Morell Judas Maccabeus]
"Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision" [Norman Mailer The Presidential Papers]

hero

noun
1. A person revered especially for noble courage:
2. A famous person:
Informal: big name.
Translations
بَطَلبطَل القِصَّه او المَسرَحِيَّه
hrdinahrdinkahrdinové-ka
helthovedperson
sankari
גבור
herojjunak
hõshős
hetjasöguhetja
ヒーロー
영웅
didvyrisdidvyriškaididvyriškasdidvyriškumasdidvyrių
varonis
bohaterheros
hrdina
junak
junakjunakinja
hjälte
วีรบุรุษ
anh hùng

hero

[ˈhɪərəʊ]
A. N (heroes (pl)) → héroe m; [of film, book] → protagonista mf, personaje m principal
B. CPD hero worship Nadulación f

hero

[ˈhɪərəʊ] [heroes] (pl) nhéros m
He's a real hero! → C'est un véritable héros!
he's a hero of mine → c'est l'un de mes héros

hero

n pl <-es> → Held m, → Heros m (geh); (fig: = object of hero-worship also) → Idol nt; (Liter, of novel etc) → Held m; the hero of the hourder Held des Tages

hero

[ˈhɪərəʊ] n (heroes (pl)) → eroe m

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.

hero

بَطَل hrdina helt Held ήρωας héroe sankari héros heroj eroe ヒーロー 영웅 held helt bohater herói герой hjälte วีรบุรุษ kahraman anh hùng 英雄
References in classic literature ?
How graciously Amy critisized the artistic parts of the story, and offered hints for a sequel, which unfortunately couldn't be carried out, as the hero and heroine were dead.
he cried, opening the hall door, to confront a bald-headed man who stood peering at our hero with bright snapping eyes, like those of some big bird spying out the land from afar.
Yon Indian is a 'runner' of the army; and, after the fashion of his people, he may be accounted a hero," returned the officer.
He then leaned one elbow upon the piano, and, crossing one foot over the other, remained standing in an attitude he remembered to have seen in the pages of an illustrated paper as portraying the hero in some drawing-room scene.
The experience of many individuals among us, who think it hardly worth the telling, would equal the vicissitudes of the Spaniard's earlier life; while their ultimate success, or the point whither they tend, may be incomparably higher than any that a novelist would imagine for his hero.
Among these, the most formidable was a burly, roaring, roystering blade, of the name of Abraham, or, according to the Dutch abbreviation, Brom Van Brunt, the hero of the country round which rang with his feats of strength and hardihood.
On the grim Pequod's forecastle, ye shall ere long see him, beating his tambourine; prelusive of the eternal time, when sent for, to the great quarter-deck on high, he was bid strike in with angels, and beat his tambourine in glory; called a coward here, hailed a hero there!
Then there were crying brats, and all sorts of misery; a man would have had to be a good deal of a hero to stand it all without grumbling, and Jonas was not in the least a hero--he was simply a weatherbeaten old fellow who liked to have a good supper and sit in the corner by the fire and smoke his pipe in peace before he went to bed.
The wall over the fireplace was adorned with some very brilliant scriptural prints, and a portrait of General Washington, drawn and colored in a manner which would certainly have astonished that hero, if ever he happened to meet with its like.
Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note, As his corse to the rampart we hurried; Not a soldier discharged his farewell shot O'er the grave where out hero was buried.
Soon after, I went to see a panorama of the Mississippi, and as I worked my way up the river in the light of today, and saw the steamboats wooding up, counted the rising cities, gazed on the fresh ruins of Nauvoo, beheld the Indians moving west across the stream, and, as before I had looked up the Moselle, now looked up the Ohio and the Missouri and heard the legends of Dubuque and of Wenona's Cliff--still thinking more of the future than of the past or present--I saw that this was a Rhine stream of a different kind; that the foundations of castles were yet to be laid, and the famous bridges were yet to be thrown over the river; and I felt that THIS WAS THE HEROIC AGE ITSELF, though we know it not, for the hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men.
Dowley was in fine feather, and I early got him started, and then adroitly worked him around onto his own history for a text and himself for a hero, and then it was good to sit there and hear him hum.