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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: heroina, from Greek heroine, from heros; HERO

heroine

noun
     
her‧o‧ine [countable]
1 a woman who is admired for doing something extremely brave [↪ hero]
heroine of
a heroine of the French Resistance
2 the woman or girl who is the main character in a book, film, play etc [↪ hero]
heroine of
Myra, the fictional heroine of The Women's Room
3 a woman who is admired very much for a particular skill or quality [↪ hero, idol]
somebody's heroine
Oprah is my heroine.

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