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[her-oh-in] /ˈhɛr oʊ ɪn/
a woman of distinguished courage or ability, admired for her brave deeds and noble qualities.
the principal female character in a story, play, film, etc.
Origin of heroine
1650-60; < Latin hērōīnē < Greek hērōī́nē, feminine of hḗrōs hero; see -ine2
Related forms
superheroine, noun
Can be confused
heroin, heroine. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for heroine
  • She's a prototypical heroine of her day because her life had to revolve around her relationships and her family.
  • Each time his heroine gets near her prey, he eludes her at the last moment.
  • Even the heroine of my novel was slated to go there after her college days ended.
  • True to the novel, our heroine is dead from the outset.
  • The heroine is a post-office worker processing registered mail.
  • But offscreen she did not see herself as a tragic heroine.
  • It was the suffragists, on the lookout for a folk heroine, who rediscovered her.
  • Scientific studies suggest that nicotine addiction may be more powerful than heroine addiction.
  • Nothing in her relation to the kitchen offers the slightest hint that she has learned anything at all from her heroine.
  • The second part of the poem, connected rather loosely with the first, is a praise of the heroine in the typical manner.
British Dictionary definitions for heroine


a woman possessing heroic qualities
a woman idealized for possessing superior qualities
the main female character in a novel, play, film, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for heroine

1650s, from Latin heroine, heroina (plural heroinae) "a female hero, a demigoddess" (e.g. Medea), from Greek heroine, fem. of heros (see hero (n.1)). As "principal female character" in a drama or poem, from 1715.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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