from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A woman noted for courage and daring action.
- n. A woman noted for special achievement in a particular field.
- n. The principal female character in a novel, poem, or dramatic presentation. See Usage Note at hero.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A female hero
- n. A female lead character
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A woman of an heroic spirit.
- n. The principal female person who figures in a remarkable action, or as the subject of a poem or story.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A female hero; a heroic woman.
- n. The principal female character in a poem, play, story, or romance, or the woman who plays the most important part.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the main good female character in a work of fiction
- n. a woman possessing heroic qualities or a woman who has performed heroic deeds
Latin hērōīnē, hērōīna, from Greek hērōinē, feminine of hērōs, hero; see hero.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Via Latin Latin heroina from late Ancient Greek (2nd century) ἡρωΐνη (hêrôḯnê), a feminine equivalent of ἥρως (hếrôs, "hero") "hero, demigod". English from 1650. The sense of "female lead character" is from 1715. (Wiktionary)