Definitions for: Hero


[n] the principal character in a play or movie or novel or poem
[n] a large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States
[n] (Greek mythology) priestess of Aphrodite who killed herself when her lover Leander drowned while trying to swim the Hellespont to see her
[n] someone who fights for a cause
[n] (classical mythology) a being of great strength and courage celebrated for bold exploits; often the offspring of a mortal and a god
[n] a man distinguished by exceptional courage and nobility and strength; "RAF pilots were the heroes of the Battle of Britain"
[n] Greek mathematician and inventor who devised a way to determine the area of a triangle and who described various mechanical devices (first century)



Webster (1913) Definition: He"ro, n.; pl. Heroes. [F. h['e]ros, L. heros, Gr. ?.]
1. (Myth.) An illustrious man, supposed to be exalted, after
death, to a place among the gods; a demigod, as Hercules.

2. A man of distinguished valor or enterprise in danger, or
fortitude in suffering; a prominent or central personage
in any remarkable action or event; hence, a great or
illustrious person.

Each man is a hero and oracle to somebody.
--Emerson.

3. The principal personage in a poem, story, and the like, or
the person who has the principal share in the transactions
related; as Achilles in the Iliad, Ulysses in the Odyssey,
and [AE]neas in the [AE]neid.

The shining quality of an epic hero. --Dryden.

Hero worship, extravagant admiration for great men, likened
to the ancient worship of heroes.

Hero worship exists, has existed, and will forever
exist, universally among mankind. --Carlyle.

Synonyms: bomber, champion, Cuban sandwich, fighter, grinder, Hero of Alexandria, hero sandwich, Heron, hoagie, hoagy, Italian sandwich, paladin, poor boy, sub, submarine, submarine sandwich, torpedo, wedge, zep

See Also: Armin, Arminius, artificer, character, defender, discoverer, guardian, Hermann, inventor, Job, leader, mathematician, mythical being, part, persona, protector, role, sandwich, shielder, theatrical role

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