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[heer-oh] /ˈhɪər oʊ/
noun, plural heroes; for 5 also heros.
1.
a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
2.
a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal:
He was a local hero when he saved the drowning child.
3.
the principal male character in a story, play, film, etc.
4.
Classical Mythology.
  1. a being of godlike prowess and beneficence who often came to be honored as a divinity.
  2. (in the Homeric period) a warrior-chieftain of special strength, courage, or ability.
  3. (in later antiquity) an immortal being; demigod.
6.
the bread or roll used in making a hero sandwich.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; back formation from Middle English heroes (plural) < Latin hērōs (singular), hērōes (plural) < Greek hḗrōs, hḗrōes
Related forms
herolike, adjective
subhero, noun, plural subheroes.
unhero, noun, plural unheroes.
unherolike, adjective
Synonyms
3. lead, star.
Antonyms
3. villain, heavy.
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hero

/ˈhɪərəʊ/
noun (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) 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
Word Origin
C14: from Latin hērōs, from Greek

Hero1

/ˈhɪərəʊ/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) a priestess of Aphrodite, who killed herself when her lover Leander drowned while swimming the Hellespont to visit her

Hero2

/ˈhɪərəʊ/
noun
1.
1st century ad, Greek mathematician and inventor
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Word Origin and History for un-hero

hero

n.

late 14c., "man of superhuman strength or physical courage," from Latin heros "hero," from Greek heros "demi-god" (a variant singular of which was heroe), originally "defender, protector," from PIE root *ser- "to watch over, protect" (cf. Latin servare "to save, deliver, preserve, protect;" see observe). Meaning "man who exhibits great bravery" in any course of action is from 1660s. Sense of "chief male character in a play, story, etc." first recorded 1690s. First record of hero-worship is from 1774.

1955, the New York term for a sandwich elsewhere called submarine, grinder, poor boy (New Orleans), or hoagie (Philadelphia); origin unknown, perhaps so called for its great size, or a folk etymology alteration of Greek gyro as a type of sandwich.

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un-hero in Science
Hero
  (hē'rō)   
Greek mathematician who wrote on mechanics and invented many water-driven and steam-driven machines. He also developed a formula for determining the area of a triangle.
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