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Definition of hero noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈhiroʊ//
    (pl. heroes)
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  1. 1a person, especially a man, who is admired by many people for doing something brave or good a war hero (= someone who was very brave during a war) The Olympic skaters were given a hero's welcome on their return home. one of the country's national heroes
  2. 2the main male character in a story, novel, movie, etc. The hero of the novel is a ten-year old boy.
  3. 3a person, especially a man, that you admire because of a particular quality or skill that they have my childhood hero see also heroine
  4. 4= submarine
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: hero