- he|roW3 [ˈhıərəu US ˈhırou] n plural heroes[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: heros, from Greek]1.) a man who is admired for doing something extremely brave→↑heroine▪ 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 Bosniahero 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 Days3.) a man who is admired very much for a particular skill or quality→↑heroine sb'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.) AmE a long thin ↑sandwich filled with meat, cheese etc▬▬▬▬▬▬▬COLLOCATES for sense 1national hero (=a hero in a particular country)local herowar 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)▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.