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he·ro / ˈhi(ə)rō/ • n. (pl. -roes) a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities: a war hero. ∎  the chief male character in a book, play, or movie, who is typically identified with good qualities, and with whom the reader is expected to sympathize. ∎  (in mythology and folklore) a person of superhuman qualities and often semidivine origin, in particular one of those whose exploits and dealings with the gods were the subject of ancient Greek myths and legends. ∎  (also hero sandwich) another term for submarine sandwich.

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hero man of superhuman qualities, demigod XIV (rare before XVI); illustrious warrior XVI; man admired for his great deeds and noble qualities XVII; chief man in a poem, play, etc. In earliest use chiefly pl heroes, with sg. heroe (both of 3 sylls.) and heros — L. hērōs, pl. hērōēs — Gr. hērōs, pl. hērōes. The common heroe (XVI–XVIII) was superseded by hero (XVII), with pl. heroes (2 sylls.).
So heroic XVI. — F. or L. — Gr. hēroïkós. heroi-comic(al) XVIII. heroine XVII. — F. or L. — Gr. hērōinē. heroism XVIII. — F.

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He·ro 1 / ˈhi(ə)rō/ Greek Mythol. a priestess of Aphrodite at Sestos on the European shore of the Hellespont, whose lover Leander, a youth of Abydos on the opposite shore, swam the strait nightly to visit her. One stormy night he was drowned, and Hero in grief threw herself into the sea.

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Hero in Greek mythology, priestess of Aphrodite at Sestos on the European shore of the Hellespont, whose lover Leander, a youth of Abydos on the opposite shore, swam the strait nightly to visit her. One stormy night he was drowned and Hero in grief threw herself into the sea.