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  Dictionary Definition of hero

hero
noun ( plural heroes )

1. a man of distinguished courage or performance, admired for his noble qualities.
2. one invested with heroic qualities in the opinion of others.
3. the principal male character in a story, play, etc.
4. (in early mythological antiquity) a being of godlike prowess and beneficence, especially one who came to be honoured as a divinity.
5. (in the Homeric period) a warrior chieftain of special strength, courage, or ability.
6. (in later periods of antiquity) an immortal being, intermediate in nature between gods and men.
[backformation from ME heroŽs, plural, from L, from Greek]
Hero
noun fl. 1st century AD or earlier, Greek mathematician and scientist, of Alexandria. Also, Heron.