noun ( 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 .
ORIGIN Middle English (with mythological reference): via Latin from Greek hērōs.