hero


hero
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W3 [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 Bosnia
hero 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 Days
3.) 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
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COLLOCATES for sense 1
national hero (=a hero in a particular country)
local hero
war 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)
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Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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