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.

1650–60; < Latin hērōīnē < Greek hērōī́nē, feminine of hḗrōs hero; see -ine2

superheroine, noun

heroin, heroine.
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heroine (ˈhɛrəʊɪn)
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

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Example sentences
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
True to the novel, our heroine is dead from the outset.
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