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
Not long ago, our heroines sat down to tally their investments and returns from
  this year's academic-job market.
Her heroines in this book enjoy what they do and they enjoy the people they're
  doing it with.
Strength and competence blends with beauty to qualify the included heroines.
The romancers dwell with great complacency on the fair hair and delicate
  complexion of their heroines.
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