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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: heros, from Greek

hero

noun
     
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he‧ro W3 plural heroes [countable]
1 a man who is admired for doing something extremely brave [↪ heroine]COLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
national hero (=a hero in a particular country) local hero war hero (=a soldier who was very brave in a war) unsung hero (=someone whose bravery was not noticed or recognized) folk hero (=an ordinary person who does something brave and becomes a hero in a particular place) accidental hero (=someone who becomes a hero by chance) be hailed as a hero (=be said to be a hero)
He had dared to speak out against injustice, and overnight he became a national hero.
His father was a war hero , a former fighter pilot.
the unsung heroes who drove convoys of aid to Bosnia
hero of
a hero of the Great War
A man hailed as a hero for fifty years has been unmasked as a traitor.
2 the man or boy who is the main character in a book, film, play etc [↪ heroine]
hero of
Phileas Fogg, hero of Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days
3 a man who is admired very much for a particular skill or quality [↪ heroine]
somebody's hero
When I was small, Uncle Fred was my hero.
hero of
Einstein is the hero of those who explore science at its deepest level.
4 American EnglishDFF a long thin sandwich filled with meat, cheese etc

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