noun, plural heroes; for 5 also heros.
a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
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.
the principal male character in a story, play, film, etc.
Classical Mythology.
a being of godlike prowess and beneficence who often came to be honored as a divinity.
(in the Homeric period) a warrior-chieftain of special strength, courage, or ability.
(in later antiquity) an immortal being; demigod.
the bread or roll used in making a hero sandwich.

1605–15; back formation from Middle English heroes (plural) < Latin hērōs (singular), hērōes (plural) < Greek hḗrōs, hḗrōes

herolike, adjective
subhero, noun, plural subheroes.
unhero, noun, plural unheroes.
unherolike, adjective

3. lead, star.

3. villain, heavy.
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Classical Mythology. a priestess of Aphrodite who drowned herself after her lover Leander drowned while swimming the Hellespont to visit her.
Also, Heron. (Hero of Alexandria) flourished 1st century a.d, Greek scientist.
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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 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]

Hero1 (ˈhɪərəʊ)
Greek myth a priestess of Aphrodite, who killed herself when her lover Leander drowned while swimming the Hellespont to visit her

Hero or Heron2 (ˈhɪərəʊ)
1st century ad, Greek mathematician and inventor
Heron or Heron2

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "man of superhuman strength or courage," from L. heros "hero," from Gk. heros "demi-god" (a variant singular of which was heroe), originally "defender, protector," from PIE base *ser- "to watch over, protect" (cf. L. servare "to save, deliver, preserve, protect"). Sense of "chief male character
in a play, story, etc." first recorded 1697. Fem. form heroine first attested 1650s, from L. heroina, from Gk. heroine. First record of hero-worship is from 1774. Heroic verse (1610s), decasyllabic iambic, is from It. Hero, the New York term for a sandwich elsewhere called submarine, grinder, poor boy (New Orleans), or hoagie (Philadelphia), is 1955, origin unknown, perhaps folk etymology of Gk. gyro, a type of sandwich.
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Hero   (hē'rō)  Pronunciation Key 
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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