Definition of heroine noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈherəʊɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈheroʊɪn//
    Elements of a play, Film plots, Brave, Characters in a story, Elements of a story, Film people
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  1. 1a girl or woman who is admired by many for doing something brave or good the heroines of the revolution See related entries: Brave
  2. 2the main female character in a story, novel, film/movie, etc. The heroine is played by Demi Moore. Shakespeare’s heroines See related entries: Elements of a play, Film plots, Characters in a story, Elements of a story, Film people
  3. 3a woman that you admire because of a particular quality or skill that she has Madonna was her teenage heroine.
  4. Word Originmid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘demigoddess, venerated woman’): from French héroïne or Latin heroina, from Greek hērōinē, feminine of hērōs ‘hero’.Extra examples Jane Eyre, the eponymous heroine of the novel by Charlotte Brontë She remains one of the unsung heroines of the Second World War. She was thrilled to be interviewing her childhood heroine. Violetta is one of the great tragic heroines of Verdi’s operas. She has played several of Shakespeare’s heroines—Portia and Juliet among them. She is widely regarded as one of the heroines of the revolution. The story is narrated entirely by the heroine.
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