he·ro / ˈhi(ə)rō/ • n. (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.
So heroic XVI. — F. or L. — Gr. hēroïkós. heroi-comic(al) XVIII. heroine XVII. — F. or L. — Gr. hērōinē. heroism XVIII. — F.
He·ro 1 / ˈhi(ə)rō/ Greek Mythol. a priestess of Aphrodite at Sestos on the European shore of the Hellespont, whose lover Leander, a youth of Abydos on the opposite shore, swam the strait nightly to visit her. One stormy night he was drowned, and Hero in grief threw herself into the sea.